Chest trouble lands Chautala in hospital
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Former Haryana chief minister O P Chautala, who has been convicted of his role in a teachers' recruitment scam by a Delhi court, was rushed to a hospital from Tihar jail Saturday after he reportedly complained of chest pain.
Tihar jail spokesperson Sunil Gupta said, "Mr Chautala was first rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital at around 3 pm, where some preliminary investigations were performed. The doctors decided to refer him to a higher centre, so he was taken to GB Pant Hospital, where he has been admitted for the night."
Sources said doctors kept him overnight for evaluation and observation and he may later be admitted. DDU Hospital doctors found Chautala had low blood pressure and needed further cardiac evaluation to investigate his chest pain.
Earlier in the day, Chautala moved a plea in court, citing ill health and seeking admission in Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon, where he had been undergoing treatment. The application said since Chautala had been suffering from various health issues, the court may direct the jail authorities to admit him at Medanta hospital.
The court has now reserved its order on the plea for January 21.
Chautala and his son Ajay, who too has been convicted, have also sought permission for being supplied home cooked food, clothes and medicines. Ajay also pleaded that he be allowed to meet his family in jail and wear a gold chain.
On January 16, the court had held Chautala, his son and 53 others guilty of illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained teachers in the state in the year 2000.
'To stay as INLD chief'
INLD Saturday reposed faith in Om Parkash Chautala, saying he would continue to lead the party despite his conviction in the Haryana teacher recruitment scam. Chautala, 78, and his son Ajay would also contest the state polls due in 2014, INLD state chief Ashok Arora said.
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