Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala released from Tihar Jail

Chautala was sent to prison in 2013 in the teacher recruitment scam case. He was on emergency parole from 26 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was to surrender on 21 February 2021.


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New Delhi: Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, who is serving a 10-year jail term in the much-discussed teacher recruitment scam case, was released on Friday from Tihar Jail after completing all formalities.

Jail officials gave this information. Chautala, 86, was out on parole and had reached Tihar Jail on Friday to complete the formalities, following which he was released.

Director General (Delhi Prisons) Sandeep Goyal said, "He was released after the necessary formalities." Special remission of six months was given to the prisoners who have completed nine and a half years of their sentence of ten years.

Officials said since Chautala has completed nine years and nine months of his sentence, he is entitled to be released. Chautala was jailed in 2013 in the teacher recruitment scam case. He was on emergency parole from 26 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was to surrender on 21 February 2021. A senior jail official had earlier said that the High Court had extended his parole.

Chautala along with his son Ajay Chautala and 53 others were convicted in the case of illegal recruitment of 3,206 junior basic teachers in the year 2000.

In January 2013, all of them were sentenced to different terms in a special CBI court.