Recruitment scam: CBI calls for maximum punishment for former Haryana CM Chautala; protests outside court

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 14:14 hrs

Taking a stance that the former Haryana Chief Minister and Indian National Lok Dal President Om Prakash Chautala had a definite role to play in the illegal recruitment of teacher's in Haryana, the CBI on Thursday demanded that he be given maximum punishment.

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Wednesday convicted former Haryana Chief Minister and Indian National Lok Dal President Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala in the Junior Basic Trained (JBT) teachers recruitment scam.

The court also convicted 53 others in connection with the illegal recruitment of more than 3000 JBT teachers in Haryana.

Chautala and others have been taken into custody.

The court will pronounce the quantum of the sentence in the case on Jan 22.

The court has framed charges against the accused under sections 467 (forgery), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), reports said.

Pertinently, six accused, out of the total 62 accused, died during the trial.

The court has discharged one of the accused while framing charges.

The scam is connected to the illegal recruitment of more than 3,000 JBT teachers during Chautala's tenure in 1999-2000.

The CBI had filed chargesheet few years back and alleged that Chautalas had used forged documents to recruit the teachers.

Chautala supporters create chaos outside court

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 on Wednesday 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.

Chautala's fallout: Haryana teachers' fate uncertain

The fate of hundreds of teachers in government schools in Haryana has become uncertain with the conviction of former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, his son and 53 others in the JBT (junior basic trained) recruitment controversy.

Chautala and others were convicted for tampering with the selection list of over 3,200 teachers recruited in 1999-2000 when he was chief minister and selecting them on the basis of bribes, nepotism and favouritism.

Senior functionaries in the government Thursday maintained that a decision on the fate of the selected teachers, who have been in government service for over 12 years, will be decided by the present Congress government led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda only after receiving a copy of the judgment of the Rohini CBI court.

"We will evaluate the court order and then the government will decide the next course of action," said Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal.

Some of the selected teachers had in fact gone to the Punjab and Haryana high court to seek promotions.

A senior education department officer said the government and the education department will have to look into all the aspects, including the fate of the wrong selections as well as those who were left out of the selection to accommodate the favourites.

"There are legal implications involved. Even the selected wrongly have been in service for 10-12 years and even got promotions. The wrong selections will be known after the court order copy is received," said a senior officer of the education department.

"The people who were left out of the selection because of the goings-on at that time will also demand something. The government will take a final call on all these issues," the officer added.

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