38.6c New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 20, 2024

Delhi HC Directs AAP To Consider OP Chautala’s Fresh Plea Seeking Early Release

By Lawstreet Bharat      18 December, 2019 05:12 PM      0 Comments
Delhi HC Directs AAP To Consider OP Chautala’s Fresh Plea Seeking Early Release

The Delhi High Court today (December 18, 2019) directed the AAP government to consider a fresh plea of former Haryana Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala seeking his release from the Tihar Central Jail under the special remission granted to senior citizen having already served 7 years in prison. 

A bench comprising of Justices Manmohan and Sangeeta Dhingra Sehgal of the Delhi High Court was hearing the matter which set aside Delhi Government earlier order rejecting the plea.

Earlier, the Delhi Government had opposed the plea saying that the 84-year INLD Chief was not eligible for special remission since he was convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 in the Teachers’ Recruitment Scam. 

In the year 2000, O.P. Chautala and his son, Ajay Chautala had been convicted in a case of illegal recruitment of 3,206 JBT (Junior Basic Teachers). A Special CBI court had convicted and given them different jail terms in January, 2013. Apart from the Chautalas, 53 other persons were involved in the scam including one IAS officer called Sanjiv Kumar who had exposed the scam but was later found to be involved himself.

Advocate Amit Sahni has filed the fresh petition, referring to the Central Government special remission notification released on July 18, 2018 (with effect from October, 2018) by which the relief could be granted to certain categories of prisoners who were to be released in three phases.

As per the notification, the special remission has to be given to 55-year old women and transgender convicts and 60-year old male convicts who have completed 50% of their jail term. The relief has to be given to physically challenged/disabled prisoners with 70% disability and more, those who have completed 50% of their jail term and those who are terminally ill and the convicts who have completed two-third (66%) of their jail term.

However, the special remission was not to be given to those who have been convicted for heinous offences or under POTA, UAPA, TADA, POCSO Act, money laundering, FEMA, NDPS and PC Act.

Share this article:

Leave a feedback about this

Trending Judiciary
SC orders for deciding applications for 'Yatras' during polls within 3 days

Supreme Court orders authorities to decide 'Yatra' applications within 3 days during elections, addressing concerns over blanket assembly prohibitions.

19 April, 2024 04:03 PM
Trending Interview
Big Expose | Aryan Khan Drug Case | NCB | Gyaneshwar Singh

A news report is going viral regarding the Deputy Director General of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), Gyaneshwar Singh. Tarakant Dwivedi alias Akela, a Mumbai-based crime reporter has made big claims over the senior IPS officer's Gujarat visit.

19 April, 2024 05:10 PM


Trending Legal Insiders
Need to safeguard judiciary from unwarranted pressures: 21 ex-judges write letter to CJI

21 ex-judges write to CJI Chandrachud urging protection of judiciary from pressures undermining its integrity and autonomy.

15 April, 2024 12:17 PM
Trending Judiciary
SC notice to ED; declines early date on plea by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal against arrest

SC issues notice to ED, declines early hearing on Delhi CM Kejriwal's plea against arrest in liquor scam.

15 April, 2024 03:08 PM
Trending Law School
Call For Chapters: Gender-Based Violence and Religion

Calling For Book Chapters: As an editor, Dr. Amit Anand, Assistant Professor, School of Legal Studies, REVA University, Bengaluru, is inviting people to contribute to a book, entitled "Gender-Based Violence and Religion." This book is scheduled to be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

15 April, 2024 04:21 PM
Trending Top Stories
Cannot stop any public rally, Bombay HC on allegation that Ram Navami processions deliberately pass through Muslim-majority areas

The Bombay High Court calls upon the Maharashtra Police to ensure that no law and order issues occur during a Ram Navami rally in a Muslim-majority area in Mumbai.

15 April, 2024 06:36 PM


Join Group

Signup for Our Newsletter

Get Exclusive access to members only content by email