Out on bail, ailing Chautalas flourish in Gurgaon hospital

RamdevOm Prakash Chautala with yoga guru Ramdev. Express

If the Chautalas can't go to their partymen, the partymen can come to them. As Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay, convicts in the Junior Basic Training (JBT) teachers' scam, remain confined to their hospital beds in Gurgaon's Medanta Hospital, leaders of the INLD and other parties have been dropping by. The first for "advice" on the coming elections, the second for apparently casual visits.

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The count for Chautala Senior alone is close to a hundred visitors since he was granted bail for six weeks in May for undergoing heart surgery. Ajay was given bail for four weeks on August 12 — also for cardiac problems.

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While allowing them bail, the Delhi High Court bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul had, in two separate orders, told them not to leave the National Capital Region without permission. They were told to deposit their passports so that they wouldn't leave the country.

The court said nothing about people meeting the two, though. And on an average, they get 30-40 visitors daily, most of them partymen and staunch followers.

"Whatever strategies are adopted by the party, those are first discussed with Chaudhary Om Prakash Chautala, since he is our party chief. There is no bar on us to do that. We keep meeting him regularly to discuss all future campaigns. We have already discussed the strategy and issues for the Haryana Vidhan Sabha session scheduled for September 6," INLD state president Ashok Arora said.

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Dr A K Dubey, MS, Medanta Hospital, said, "There is no relaxation in hospital rules and regulations for Om Prakash Chautala. Though there are a large number of people who keep waiting for him in the hospital lobby, all those who visit

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