JBT scam: OP Chautala cries foul, says BJP pressurising CBI to frame him

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Now, Chautala accuses BJP of framing him
New Delhi, Oct 11: Hours before his surrender in Tihar jail, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief Om Prakash Chautala on Saturday accused the ruling BJP at Centre for framing him by pressurising the the premier investigating agency, CBI.

The former Haryana Chief Minister told ANI, "BJP is pressurising CBI and trying to frame me."

Earlier, the Chautala, son of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal, was making similar accusations against the Congress government in Haryana and at Centre.

Chautala's statement could be considered as a ploy to tarnish its biggest rival BJP's chances in the ongoing poll campaign season in Haryana. Notably, the BJP is projected to emerge as single largest party in October 15 polls in the state and by accusing the saffron party he is trying to generate sympathy wave.

The Delhi High Court on Friday ordered former Haryana Chief Minister to surrender on Saturday in Tihar jail for misusing bail conditions by campaigning for assembly polls, saying he cannot "take the court for a ride".

The High Court made it clear that it would not entertain any plea on extension of time for surrender. "Let him surrender tomorrow and let's not bargain over this," it said.

CBI on Thursday moved the Delhi High Court seeking cancellation of bail granted to Chautala in the JBT teachers recruitment scam case.

The agency wants Chautala's date of surrender to be brought forward from October 17 and moved High Court seeking an urgent hearing by saying that Chautala violated bail conditions. The Court also lashed out at the investigating agency for not informing the court about alleged violations of bail conditions by Chautala earlier.

The INLD leader was granted bail on medical grounds, but he has been campaigning for the Haryana assembly elections which is a violation of the bail conditions.

Chautala had on September 26 volunteered to surrender after which the court asked him to surrender on October 17, two days after the polls.

The CBI has also sought a direction to Gurgaon-based Medanta hospital to explain as to how an 'ailing' Chautala has been allowed take part in election campaign.

Earlier, the High Court had issued notice to CBI and Om prakash Chautala after senior advocate Vivek Tankha, who appeared for the petitioner, contended that Chautala intends to "misuse the grace period of 17 days given to him to surrender" by planning to campaign during that period.

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