82-year-old former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala has cleared his higher secondary or class XII examination while serving a 10-year jail term in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. Chautala attained a first division in the exam conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). The exams were conducted within the school premises, according to an Indian Express report.
Om Prakash’s younger son, Abhay Singh Chautala told the Indian Express, “The last exam was held in the jail on April 23. My father was out on parole at that time, but as the examination center was inside the jail premises, he went back to jail and took the exam.” Om Prakash Chautala was out on parole in the second half of April to attend the wedding of his grandson, Dushyant Singh Chautala. the former Haryana CM’s parole had ended on May 5.
Abhay Singh told the Indian Express that the former Chief Minister secured a first division in the results which were declared recently. Abhay Singh added that his father has decided to spend time in jail more meaningfully. The report also added that Chautala is now planning to pursue a graduate degree while serving his sentence.
The former Haryana Chief Minister was charged with corruption in the recruitment of 3,206 junior teachers in Haryana in 2000. Om Prakash Chautala along with his son Ajay Chautala and 53 others were convicted by a trial court in 2013. The Supreme Court had upheld the conviction in 2015, according to the Indian Express.