Tihar orders probe into phone speech of Ajay Chautala

Ajay Chautala

A probe has been ordered into the speech made through phone from Tihar jail by Ajay Chautala, son of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala. Both Ajay and his father have been convicted for their role in the teachers' recruitment scam.

Jail officials said though inmates were allowed to make phone calls, addressing a rally was strictly prohibited. The inquiry will investigate if officials were aware about Ajay using the phone to address a rally at Sonepat on February 20. Ajay is lodged in jail number two but the call was made from jail number three. It has been reported that the speech lasted more than five minutes. The officials said the speech may have been recorded on two different occasions, as rules do not allow a conversation to extend beyond five minutes.

The inquiry report is expected by Tuesday afternoon.

Tihar spokesperson Sunil Gupta said, "As per our phone facility, no call can be extended beyond five minutes. The call gets disconnected automatically. The inquiry will ascertain whether his conversation was recorded and then played at the rally on a loud speaker or whether the inmate was put on loud speaker on the other side of the phone."

The use of mobile phones has become rampant in Tihar in the last few months. Last month, murder accused Amit Shukla was arrested for allegedly making an extortion call. He had been caught with mobile phones four times between December and January.

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