On the direction of the Delhi High Court, former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala will surrender to Tihar Jail authorities on Saturday.
On Friday in an order, Justice Siddharth Mridul had asked the jail authorities to take Chautala to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), if it is necessary, as he complains he has fractured his leg.
The Indian National Lok Dal chief, Chautala, yesterday appeared before the court after it on Thursday sought his personal appearance as the Central Bureau of Investigation sought cancellation of his bail and bringing forward his surrender date. The surrender date was earlier fixed for 17th October.
Chautala was granted bail on medical grounds, but has been actively holding rallies to campaign for the 15th October Assembly Elections in Haryana.
The judge remarked on the conduct, "I am pained and disappointed with Chautala's act. Now that he is discharged from hospital, he should surrender,"
Senior lawyers Ram Jethmalani and Hariharan represented Chautala along with Chautala's supporters, journalists, and lawyers, in a packed court room.
Lawer Jethmalani insisted that he be permitted to surrender on 17th October, advancing his arguments in support of Chautala, but the court refused.
Ram Jethmalani said, he was just performing his constitutional duty towards the people and there is nothing wrong in it". defending the act of Chautala of holding political rallies.
During the hearing, even During the hearing, even Chautala also personally urged the judge to let him surrender on 17th October. However, the court decided not to bargain over surrender date, because of Chautala's conduct.
Chautala was first granted interim bail on 21st May 2013, and has been getting extension of bail on the ground that he was admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon due to poor health. However, the hospital discharged him recently and after that Chautala started campaigning.
The court said, "If he is well enough to travel, well enough to address rallies, then he is well enough to surrender," .
CBI counsel Rajdeepa Behura told court "The interim bail was granted for medical issues, not to hold public rallies," and he also asked the court to direct Chautala to surrender immediately as he had abused the process of law.
Chautala has been out on bail even after being sentenced to 10 years in prison in the teachers' recruitment scam case. On 26th September, the high court cancelled the interim bail granted to Chautala on medical ground and asked him to surrender on 17th October.
on 22nd January 2013, a special CBI court sentenced Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and eight others to jail for 10 years. In the order, one convict to five years in jail, while 45 others were each handed out four-year jail terms after finding them guilty of illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained teachers in Haryana in 2000 when Om Prakash Chautala was the chief minister.