Om Prakash Chautala, son get 10 yrs, supporters clash
Amid a clash outside a Delhi court between his supporters and cops, former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala along with his son Ajay was sentenced to 10 years in jail in a teacher recruitment corruption case, latest reports said.
The Haryana politicians will now move a higher court against the judgement by the Rohini Court even as protests by his supporters turned violent.
They are convicted among others under Prevention of Corruption Act.
A total of ten people were sentenced, said a lawyer associated with the case. Some media reports said Chautala was earlier hospitalized.
Legal experts said a jail sentence of ten years makes it difficult for the politicians to get bail in a high court where they would now move.
When the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leaders were sentenced, it was a battleground outside with reports of throwing of crude bombs and stones on the court campus allegedly by his supporters.
Following the court verdict the security of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who is a Congress CM, was beefed up, especially around his residence.
Congress leaders like Randeep Surjewala slammed Chautala for his supporters' recourse to violence saying they were trying to subvert the law and Constitution.
Thousands of Chautala supporters clashed with police outside the Delhi court ahead of the sentencing as well.
The police used batons and teargas to keep the mob in control.
On January 16, Om Prakash Chautala, his son Ajay and 53 others were convicted of recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained teachers between 1999 and 2000 in exchange of money.
Earlier on Thursday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) 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 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.
The scam is connected to the illegal recruitment of more than 3,000 teachers during Chautala's tenure (1999-2000).
The CBI had filed chargesheet few years back and alleged that Chautalas had used forged documents to recruit the teachers.