Noting his previous age, the Delhi excessive courtroom on Wednesday suspended the four-year-jail time period handed to former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala in a disproportionate property case.
Whereas granting him interim bail until the pendency of his attraction, Justice Yogesh Khanna famous that Chautala admittedly spent about one yr and 6 months in custody and the attraction would possibly take a while to return on board for a listening to.
The courtroom mentioned that the suspension of sentence is topic to the cost of a high-quality of ₹50 lakh imposed by the trial courtroom in addition to the execution of a private bond of ₹5 lakh with one surety of like quantity.
“Thus, contemplating the age of the appellant being 88 years and that in any case, admittedly, he has spent about one yr and 6 months in custody as per nominal roll dated July 21, and additional that in any case he remained in custody even after his bail bonds had been accepted within the current matter; thus because the attraction could take a while to return on board for listening to…,” the courtroom mentioned whereas releasing Chautala on bail.
The decide directed that the previous CM couldn’t go to overseas with out the permission of the trial courtroom.
“The sentence of the appellant/applicant (Chautala) is suspended until the pendency of the current attraction, topic to cost of a high-quality of ₹50 lakh as imposed by the realized trial courtroom and likewise on his executing a private bond of ₹50 lakh with one surety of like quantity to the satisfaction of the trial courtroom,” mentioned the courtroom in its order launched on Wednesday.
The courtroom additionally famous that though Chautala was granted bail within the current case and furnished the bail bonds, he remained in custody and was by no means launched from jail due to the sentence awarded in one other case.
On Could 27, the trial courtroom convicted Chautala and awarded a four-year jail time period to him whereas additionally imposing a high-quality of ₹50 lakh for buying disproportionate property from 1993 to 2006.
The excessive courtroom had reserved an order earlier this week on a plea by Chautala looking for suspension of the four-year sentence imposed on him in connection together with his conviction within the case.
The CBI had filed the case in 2005, and a cost sheet was filed on March 26, 2010, accusing him of amassing property disproportionate to his reliable earnings, between 1993 and 2006.
In response to the CBI’s FIR Chautala, whereas functioning as Chief Minister of Haryana throughout the interval from July 24, 1999, to March 5, 2005, in collusion together with his relations and others, collected property, immovable and movable, disproportionate to his recognized lawful sources of earnings, in his identify, within the names of his relations.