New Delhi, March 5: The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld a 10-year jail term for former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala in the 2000 illegal teacher recruitment scam in Haryana. Justice Siddharth Mridul said O.P. Chautala being the chief minister of Haryana at that time was “more responsible” for the scam. It also dismissed all the 55 appeals filed by the accused against the sentencing order by the trial court. Delhi High Court extends Ajay Chautala’s bail till November 21

It also dismissed all the 55 appeals filed by the accused against the sentencing order by the trial court. Justice Siddharth Mridul had reserved the judgement in the case on July 11 last year. Chautala, his son and eight others, including Vidya Dhar and Badshami, had been awarded 10 years jail term for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior teachers in the year 2000.

Among other convicts, 44 have been sentenced to four years in jail and one to five-year jail term. While reserving the judgement, the court asked the Tihar jail authorities to provide it information about the time spent by convicts inside the jail during the trial and after their conviction in the case by the lower court in January last year. On January 22, 2013, a special CBI court had convicted and awarded varying jail terms to the 55 convicts.
All of them were held guilty of cheating, forgery, using fake documents as genuine, conspiracy under IPC and for abusing their official position under Prevention of Corruption Act.

With inputs from PTI