New Delhi: In a setback for former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, the Delhi High Court on Friday refused interim bail to the INLD chief in the teachers' recruitment scam. Chautala's counsel had sought intreim bail on medical grounds.
But the High Court said no and postponed the hearing to April 4. It has also given the CBI time till April 4 to file its reply. The father-son duo has been convicted in a 12-year-old teachers' recruitment scam.
Chautala, his MLA son Ajay Chautala and 53 others, including two IAS officers, were convicted on January 16 by the trial court for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained (JBT) teachers in Haryana in 2000. The senior Chautala, who was held as the "main conspirator" in the scam by the court, was found guilty of cheating, forgery, using fake documents as genuine and conspiracy under the IPC and for abusing his official position under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
In his plea, Chautala had sought suspension of sentence on health grounds that he is 70 per cent disabled and requires constant supervision. Apart from the Chautalas (father and son), the then Director of Primary Education Sanjiv Kumar, Chautala's former Officer on Special Duty Vidya Dhar, both IAS officers, political advisor to the then Haryana CM Sher Singh Badshami were given 10 years jail terms.
The remaining five, including a woman, who have been awarded 10 years jail term, were Madan Lal Kalra, Durga Dutt Pradhan, Bani Singh, Ram Singh and Daya Saini. Apart from them, one convict has been handed five years and the rest 44 were given four years imprisonment. Among the 55 convicts, 16 were women officials.
With Additional Inputs from PTI