'Lawbreakers have to face consequences', says Hooda on Chautala's conviction

New Delhi, Jan. 16 (ANI): Commenting on the conviction of Indian National Lok Dal chief Om Prakash Chautala in connection with the illegal recruitment of over 3000 Junior Basic Trained (JBT) teachers, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday said those who break the law have to face consequences.

"The law is taking its own course. Those who break the law have to face these consequences," he told the media here.

Haryana Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Surjewala on his part said the former chief minister's conviction has strengthened his faith in the credibility of the judicial system.

"First of all as an Indian, as a young person, my faith in the credibility of our judicial system stands reiterated and strengthened. Om Prakash Chautalaji and his government in 1999-2000 selected 3,206 JBT teachers. There was allegation of rampant corruption, rampant nepotism in the whole selection process. An IAS officer Sanjiv Kumar took the entire matter in record to Supreme Court, the Supreme Court referred the matter to the CBI," said Surjewala.

"There was a court-monitored investigation, which has led to their conviction. It's a message for everybody 'do not play with the future of your children, do not play with the future of young persons, do not indulge in corruption and nepotism of this kind, and if you do so then you would be convicted and sent to jail'," he added.

Chautala, his MLA-son Ajay Chautala and 54 others were taken into judicial custody today after a Delhi Court convicted them for the illegal recruitment of JBT teachers in Haryana.

The court, which has fixed January 17, 19 and 21 for the hearing of arguments, will pronounce the quantum of sentence on January 22.

The court had earlier framed charges against all of the accused under Sections 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy), 420 (Cheating), 467 (Forgery), 468 (Forgery for Cheating), 471 (Using as Genuine a Forged Document) of the IPC and provisions of the PCA. (ANI)

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