Why was former Haryana chief minister jailed

A Delhi court awarded 10 years in jail to former Haryana chief minister and Indian National Lok Dal chief Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala in a recruitment scam.

NEW DELHI: Former Haryana chief minister and Indian National Lok Dal chief Om Prakash Chautala, his MLA son Ajay Chautala were jailed for 10 years for illegally recruiting more than 3,000 junior teachers in 2000.

The jail term of two years or more makes the father-son duo ineligible for elections under the Representation of People Act that disqualifies a convicted person from the date of conviction till six years after the sentence ends.

Who is Om Prakash Chautala?

Om Prakash Chautala is the son of the late Devi Lal whose rustic ways symbolised Jat politics once and whose staunch opposition to the Emergency earned him the sobriquet Lion of Haryana. Devi Lal, known as Tau (uncle), eventually became deputy Prime Minister of the country.

Om Prakash Chautala is also a four-time chief minister of Haryana.

The Indian Express said in a report that OP Chautala's crime record is long, and it "shows him as having allegedly smuggled watches as a young man and having been indicted as an accessory to murder".

Why is the scam all about?

The conviction of former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his elder son Ajay Singh Chautala in a case pertaining to alleged irregularities in the recruitment of junior basic trained schoolteachers in Haryana has serious political implications for the Chautalas and their outfit, the Indian National Lok Dal.

Haryana IAS officer (now under suspension) Sanjiv Kumar moved Supreme Court in 2003 complaining of large scale corruption and tampering of records in filling up of about 3000 vacancies of Junior Basic Training (JBT) teachers in 1999-2000.

The court framed charges against them under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery), 468 (forgery for cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the IPC and and provisions of the PCA.

The CBI registered in 2004 a regular case (RC) under sections 420, 467, 468, 471, 120-B of IPC and 13(2), 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 against Vidya Dhar the then officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Haryana Chief Minister; Sher Singh Barshami the then Political Advisor to CM; the then chairpersons and members of the district level selection committees constituted for the posts of JBT teachers in Ambala, Bhiwani, Faridabad, Fatehabad, Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Jind, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Mahindergarh, Panchkula, Panipat, Rohtak, Rewari, Sirsa, Sonepat and Yamunanagar districts and several other persons.

Investigation by CBI established that the appointments of 3032 teachers were made on the basis a fraudulently prepared second set of interview lists prepared at the behest of the former CM, OP Chautala, his elder son, Ajay Singh Chautala who was an MP then, the then OSD to the CM.


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