Om Prakash Chautala, son Ajay get 10-yr jail term in JBT scam, protesters hurl bombs in court

Jan 22 2013, 15:24 IST
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New Delhi: Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala being taken to jail after being produced at a Rohini Court in connection with recruiting more than 3,000 primary school teachers illegally, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI) New Delhi: Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala being taken to jail after being produced at a Rohini Court in connection with recruiting more than 3,000 primary school teachers illegally, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI)
SummaryRefusing to pay heed to Chautala's plea of being old and infirm, court passes stringent order.

has been given five years and the rest 45 given four years sentence.

Earlier in the morning, much before the court was to pronounce the sentence, hundreds of supporters of Indian National Lok Dal today clashed with police which used batons and teargas to control them outside the court where barricades were set up to prevent them from entering.

The supporters hurled bottles filled with flammable spirits into the court complex but none was injured.

The supporters had gathered outside the complex in the early hours and clashed with police after it prevented them from entering the court complex. The police used batons and teargas to control the supporters.

Security has been tightened around the complex and entry has been restricted in the court. The court work was also affected and lawyers faced problems getting in.

On January 16, the court had held 78-year-old Om Prakash Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and 53 others guilty of illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained (JBT) teachers in the state in 2000.

Apart from the five main accused, the four others who were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment are Durga Dutt Pradhan, Bani Singh, Daya Saini and Madan Lal Kalra.

Five years imprisonment was handed down to Pushkar Mal Verma.

Earlier in the day, District Judge S K Sarvaria, several judges and senior police officers went around the court complex to inspect security and to see what can be done to manage the welling crowd outside the Rohini court.

The court on January 16, while convicting all the 55 accused in the case of illegal recruitment of 3,206 junior basic trained teachers, had held Chautala senior as the "main conspirator".

The court had relied on the testimony of Sanjiv Kumar who initially was a whistle blower but in the CBI probe that followed he was found to be involved in the scam.

The CBI had filed its charge sheet in a Delhi court after its probe established that a conspiracy on making second lists was hatched at Haryana Bhawan here by calling the chairpersons and members of the district-level selection committees of 18 districts.

They were also called at a guest house in Chandigarh, where the modalities were worked out, it had said.

The court had said that first IAS officer R P Chander (CBI witness), who was the then Director of Primary Education, had given a proposal for declaring the results of successful candidates in April 2000, but he was transferred on the next

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