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HC seeks CBI's response on Chautala's plea for interim bail

PTI 02 Jun 2014, 18:10:11 PM IST
New Delhi: Delhi High Court today sought CBI's response on former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala's plea, seeking six weeks interim bail to attend funeral and perform the other rituals of his younger brother Pratap Singh Chautala, who died yesterday.  Justice Kailash Gambhir asked CBI to verify what ceremonies are required to be performed by Chautala and directed it to file a status report tomorrow afternoon when the court will hear the matter.

The 79-year-old Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader has sought six weeks bail to attend the funeral as well as to perform the other related rituals/ceremonies.  However, CBI opposed the grant of six weeks interim bail saying the 79-year-old Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has already been allowed to attend the funeral, in police custody, and perform the last rites of his younger brother.  The agency also said Chautala has already on May 30 sought regular bail on which the high court has issued notice to CBI and sought its reply by July 11, when the plea will be heard.

Senior advocate Hariharan and advocate Amit Sahni, appearing for Chautala, contended that this is an application seeking interim bail as the INLD leader is the head of the family and thus, has to perform several rites associated with the funeral.

Justice Gambhir questioned what ceremonies are to be performed over six weeks time and said if Chautala wants, 3-4 days can be granted right now.

Hariharan, however, sought bail till June 14 when the 13 days of mourning will be over.

The matter was mentioned today in the high court which agreed to hear it during the day.