Chautala supporters create chaos outside court

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 08:20 hrs

New Delhi: Thousands of INLD supporters on Thursday created chaos outside the Rohini court complex when former Haryana CM O P Chautala arrived in the jail van prior to the hearing of arguments on his sentencing in the case of illegal recruitment of 3,206 junior teachers in the state.

The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supporters holding the party flag tried to stop the jail van outside the court and even climbed on to the vehicle, forcing the driver to stop it.

The police personnel tried to disperse the crowd, which was shouting slogans against the authorities and the cops present there, and also closed the main gates of the premises.

The large number of supporters kept on standing outside the court lock-up, where Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and other 53 convicts are being kept.

All the roads leading to the court complex were full of cars and SUVs of INLD supporters and workers. Around 300-350 supporters are also standing outside the court room where the case is being heard.

Other than the 55 accused, their counsel, prosecutors and the court staff, the judge has not allowed anyone else to enter the court room during the hearing.

Relatives and family members of the accused, INLD supporters and mediapersons have been asked to stand behind barricades set up outside the courtroom, as the proceedings continued amidst tight security.

Chautala, his MLA son Ajay and 53 others including two IAS officers were yesterday convicted on corruption and other charges by a Delhi court for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior teachers 12 years back, and were sent to Tihar Jail.

The court has fixed January 22 to pronounce the sentence.

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