till September 16, 2000, for preparation of the final result with the ulterior motive to manipulate the lists to favour certain candidates,” it says.
About Kumar’s complaint, the chargesheet says, “After publication of results and during appointment, the relationship between Om Prakash Chautala and Sanjiv Kumar got strained and they fell apart. Meanwhile, a number of inquiries were initiated against Kumar by the government of Haryana. In order to counter the action, Kumar petitioned the Supreme Court.”
Among the cases the government filed against Kumar, one pertained to a scandal over the publication of textbooks. Suspended, Kumar went to court with the two lists, accusing the government of harassing him. The court on November 25, 2003, ordered the CBI to register a case against the Chautalas.
The CBI formed a special investigation team on December 14 and lodged a case six months later. Its probe extended to 24 places in the state and the number of suspects in the scam grew. After it was established that two merit lists did exist, with candidates being given different marks in each, it was found that the district-level selection committees too had signed both sets in 18 districts, CBI sources said.
Both Badshami and Vidya Dhar, Chautala’s political adviser and officer on special duty, are among the 55 convicted. Badshami is currently an MLA of the INLD, the Chautalas’ party. He remains close to the family while Dhar is said to have been won over by the current B S Hooda government. He is posted as deputy secretary, administrative reforms.