Following is the chronology of events in the teacher’s recruitment scam case in which the Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld the conviction and sentence of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and 53 others.
June 5, 2003: Haryana IAS officer Sanjiv Kumar (now under suspension and sentenced to ten years in jail), moves Supreme Court complaining large scale corruption and tampering of records in recruitment of 3,206 JBT teachers in the state.
November 25, 2003: SC orders CBI probe.
December 12, 2003: CBI registers a preliminary enquiry (PE).
May 24, 2004: CBI registers a regular case against 62 persons under various provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
May 2004-2008: CBI probe reveals involvement of former Haryana CM OP Chautala, his elder son Ajay Chautala, Sanjiv Kumar and others.
June 6, 2008: CBI files a charge-sheet in the court of Special CBI judge against 62 persons including Chautalas, Kumar, then Director of Primary Education, O P Chautala’s former Officer on Special Duty Vidya Dhar, both IAS officers, and Sher Singh Badshami, O P Chautala’s ex-political adviser.
June 16, 2008: CBI court takes cognisance of charge sheet.
July 23, 2011: Charges framed against 61 accused. A retired official of Haryana Education Department discharged.
August 4, 2012: Defence evidence concludes.
December 17, 2012: Final arguments in the case conclude. During the trial, six accused (retired Education Department officials) pass away leaving 55 accused in the case.
January 16, 2013: Court convicts Chautalas and 53 others.
January 22, 2013: Chautalas, Sanjiv Kumar and seven others awarded 10 year jail term. 44 get four years, one handed down five years jail term.
February 7, 2013: O P Chautala moves Delhi High Court against his conviction.
July 11, 2014: HC reserves judgement on appeal against trial court’s conviction order.
March 5, 2015: HC upholds trial court’s order, awarding 10 year jail term to Chautalas and three others and modifies the quantum of sentence of other 50 convicts to two years.