Tahlka News Bureau
Chandigarh: Former Haryana minister Om Prakash Chautala at the age of 82, passed his higher secondary examination in the first division conducted by the National Open Schooling system on Wednesday. Chautala is currently serving a 10 year jail term in Delhi's Tihar jail.
Chautala was convicted in the teachers recruitment scam case.]
He is also planning to pursue a BA course, hi younger son and senior leader of INLD Abhay Singh Chautala said. "He appeared for the Class XII examination conduced by the National Institute of Open Schooling at the center set up for prisoners at Tihar Jail. The last examination was held of April 23. He was out on parole during that time, but as the examination center was inside the jail premises, he went back to jail and sat for the examination," Abhay said.
The ex-minister was out on payrole last month to attend his grandson and Hisar MP, Dushyant Singh Chauhans wedding. His payrole ended on May 5.
"He has been in prison for the last four-and-a-half years. My father thought of putting his time to best use his studies," Abhay said, adding that he had cleared the exam in the first division.
According to his son, the Indian National Lok Dal president was forced to discontinue his studies during his school days due to family compulsions.
"When he was in school, my grandfather Chaudhary Devi Lal was into politics. Who ws to take care of the large family, who will look after farming, these were some of the issue s which my father, being the eldest member of the family after Devi Lal, had to take care of. "This forced him to leave his studies and the responsibility to educate his younger siblings also fell on him. Later, he himself entered politics and found little time to pursue his studies," Abhay said.
The senior Chaughary often visits the Tihar jail library, where he reads newspapers and books. "He also asked the jail staff to arrange o hi favorite book."
Former chief minister Chaudhary was inspired by Manu Sharma, serving life term for killing model Jessica Lal in 1999, who was pursuing an LLB course while being lodged in the prison.
"Manu's cell in Tihar prison is also adjoining to the one where Chautala sahib is lodged and saw him pursue studies from prion," he said.