New Delhi, May 17, 2017: Convicted in the teachers’ recruitment scam, former Chief Minister of Haryana Om Prakash Chautala has passed his higher secondary examination (A grade) at the age of 82 years. He is now planning to pursue an undergraduate course.
He is serving a 10-year jail term after being convicted in the scam.
Chautala appeared for the Class XII exam conducted by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) at the centre set up for prisoners at Tihar Jail, where he is lodged after being convicted.
Since the centre was in Tihar, Chautala who was on parole in April went back to jail to appear for the examination. He secured the first division in the results that were announced recently. In jail, Chautala spends most of his time at the library. His favourite books are on politics.
Charged with corruption in the recruitment of 3,206 junior basic trained teachers in Haryana in 2000. Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala, and 53 others were convicted by a trial court in 2013. The conviction was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2015.
The NIOS, formerly known as National Open School (NOS), was established in 1989 as an autonomous organisation under the HRD Ministry. According to its official website, NIOS provides a number of vocational, life enrichment and community-oriented courses, apart from general and academic courses at the secondary and senior secondary level.