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Chautala: Haryana CM appeals for peace

Posted on Jan 22, 04:30PM | IBNS

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday appealed to the people to 'maintain peace' as Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supporters clashed with the police outside a Delhi court that sentenced former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala along with his son Ajay to 10 years in jail in a teacher recruitment corruption case.

Speaking to reporters, Hooda said: "All are equal in front of the court. We have faith in the judiciary. We will appeal to the people to maintain peace in the state. Haryana is a peaceful state."

Accusing the Congress of conspiracy, INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala told media: "It is a conspiracy hatched against us by the Congress and the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation). The Congress had also conspired against several other regional party leaders."

Amid a clash outside the Rohini Court in Delhi between his supporters and cops, 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 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.

Thousands of Chautala supporters clashed with the police outside the Delhi court ahead of the sentencing as well.

The police used batons and teargas to keep the mob in control.

On Jan 16, 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 CBI demanded maximum punishment for 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.