Om Prakash Chautala, son Ajay get 10-yr jail term in JBT scam, protesters hurl bombs in court

Om Prakash Chautala

Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay, Sher Singh Badshami along with IAS officers Vidhyadhar (then officer on special duty to the chief minister) and Sanjeev Kumar (then Director Primary Education) have been jailed for 10 years in connection with the illegal recruitment of Junior Basic Trained (JBT) teachers by a Delhi Court today.

Post the sentence, police had to resort to tear gas shelling because protesters started pelting stones and crude bombs inside the court premises.

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Special CBI Judge Vinod Kumar, who last week had convicted the Chautalas and 53 others, including two IAS officers, for corruption in a teachers' recruitment scam and other charges, today handed them varying jail terms.

78-year-old Chautala senior, a four-time former Chief Minister, and his son 51-year-old Ajay Chautala are both sitting MLAs and could stand disqualified from contesting the assembly elections next year if their conviction is not stayed by a higher court.

Under the Representation of the People Act, a person convicted of any offence and sentenced to more than two years imprisonment shall be disqualified from the date of conviction and for a further period of six years after his release.

Unfazed by the violence outside, the judge read out the order of sentencing as Chautala's supporters thronged the court complex threw stones and crude bombs and clashed with police who resorted to lathi charge and use of tear gas in a bid to restore order.

The senior Chautala was not present in the court because of his hospitalisation after being taken into custody last week, his son and all the other convicts were present in the court.

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