Sentencing 'whistleblower' troubled me, says judge
Kumar was the erstwhile director of Primary Education in Haryana, who initially exposed the scam with a plea in the Supreme Court but was also found to be involved in it during the CBI probe.
Kumar along with former Haryana Chief Minister O P Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and 52 others have been sentenced to varying jail terms for illegally recruiting 3206 junior basic teachers (JBT) in Haryana in 2000.
Special CBI Judge Vinod Kumar while sentencing Kumar observed that had he spoken the truth, at least at the stage of final arguments and the court would have treated him differently than the other convicts who were overseeing the execution of the entire conspiracy.
"What troubled me was to decide the question of sentencing Sanjiv Kumar. I have held him to be a 'whistle blower'. There is no law at present to protect the whistle blowers. Had Sanjiv Kumar not taken the step to approach the Supreme Court and had he not produced the second set of award lists, this scam would not have come to light," the court said in its 34-page order.
"The dilemma before this court in deciding the question of sentence is on account of simple reason that sentencing such a person may send a wrong message that a whistle blower
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