New Delhi, Jan. 22 (ANI): In the wake of violent clashes between the police personnel and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) workers outside the Rohini Court here, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday appealed to the people to maintain peace and respect the judiciary.
On the other hand, INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala said that the Congress Party has conspired against them with the help of CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation), to weaken and defame them, but they will challenge the verdict before the High Court.
Earlier in the day, the Rohini Court sentenced 13 accused in teacher recruitment scam to ten years imprisonment, including former Haryana Chief Minster and INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala and his elder son Ajay Singh Chautala.
Appealing to maintain peace and calm, Hooda said: "The law is doing its work. If anyone have objection with the verdict then he can appeal against it before the High Court following the judicial procedures."
Meanwhile, INLD MLA Abhay Singh Chautala accused the ruling Congress of conspiracy and said: They have been conspiring against every regional party including Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, AIADMK and various other by misusing CBI to weaken them. Now, they have been successful against us. But, we will challenge the decision before the higher court, and we are confident there will be justice with us."
INLD spokesperson KC Banger echoed similar sentiments and said that the party will challenge the Rohini court's decision in the High Court.
Rubbishing INLD charges of conspiracy, Haryana Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal said that the case was registered during Chautala government by one of the senior officers of the education department and at time the NDA government was in office at the Centre.
"The verdict has come through our independent judiciary system and I think people should respect that. If they think that there has been injustice, then they should appeal before the High Court and follow the judicial procedure instead of violence," said Bhukkal.
53 others accused including two IAS officers were convicted on corruption and other charges by the court for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior teachers 12 years back, and were sent to Tihar Jail.
Chautala, who has served five terms as chief minister of Haryana, was moved from jail to a Delhi hospital two days ago after he complained of chest pain.
He was not brought from the hospital to the court today. (ANI)