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JBT scam: Chautala urges hospitalisation

Posted on Jan 19, 09:59PM | IBNS

Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, who was convicted in the teachers recruitment scam case, on Saturday requested a Delhi court to get admitted at a private Gurgaon hospital for treatment.

His son Ajay Chautala, who was his aid in the scam, has meanwhile asked for home food and clothes, besides urging for the permission to wear a gold chain.

Chautala's counsel, in an application moved before special CBI Judge Vinod Kumar, has sought modification of the court order, that was passed in Jan 17, in which the order had asked the jail superintendent to be directed to consider his plea as per jail manual, said reports.

This comes in when the court is about to pronounce its sentence in the case in a few days.

The application not only sought for Chautala's hospitalisation owing to his health issues, but has also urged for home food, clothes and medicines for his son.

According to the application, Chautala's counsel has pleaded the court to direct the the jail authorities concerned, to allow him get to get admitted at Medanta hospital, where he had already been undergoing treatment.

Ajay Chautala also pleaded the court that he be allowed to meet his family members in jail.

While the court initially reserved its order on the plea for January 21, it thereafter directed the jail superintendent to consider their pleas as per law.

Earlier, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday demanded maximum punishment for Om Prakash Chautala, arguing in court that the former Haryana Chief Minister had a definite role in the the Junior Basic Trained (JBT) teachers recruitment scam.

The court also convicted 53 others in connection with the illegal recruitment of more than 3000 JBT teachers in Haryana.

Chautala and others were taken into custody.

The court will pronounce the quantum of the sentence in the case on Jan 22.

The court has framed charges against the accused under sections 467 (forgery), 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), reports said.

Six of the total 62 accused, have died during the course of the trial due to the chaos created by his supporters as he arrived in the court in a jail van.

The court has discharged one of the accused while framing charges.

The scam is connected to the illegal recruitment of more than 3,000 JBT teachers during Chautala's tenure in 1999-2000.

The CBI had filed chargesheet few years back and alleged that Chautalas had used forged documents to recruit the teachers.