The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to grant parole to INLD leader, Ajay Singh Chautala, who is serving a 10-year jail term in a teachers’ recruitment scam case.
The Bench comprising Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath agreed with the view of the Single Judge who had earlier dismissed Mr. Chautala’s parole application, finding absence of any illegality or perversity in the State’s refusal for granting parole.
The application for parole, filed by Mr. Chautala’s son, had relied on three medical reports of Medical Boards of All India Institute of Medical Sciences to support his contention for grant of parole for a period of four months considering his medical condition and also to maintain social ties.
His application was rejected by the State on the ground that he had undergone one year and two months of imprisonment out of which he had spent seven months being admitted to Medanta, Medicity Hospital, Gurgaon. An additional ground for rejection was that Mr. Chautala had been on interim bail from August 2013 to February, 2015.
The State’s order was upheld by the Single Judge, who had pointed out that the request was contrary to the Parole/Furlough guidelines 2010 issued by the State. The Judge had further noted that while Mr. Chautala had spent seven months in Medanta, the medical records did not disclose any such ailments which necessitated his hospitalization for seven months at a stretch.
This order was upheld by the Division Bench, which has left it open to Mr. Chautala to make a fresh application before the State. The State has been directed to consider the same within four weeks from receipt of the application.
Read the order here.