The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the 10 years’ jail terms of former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala in the teachers’ recruitment scam case.
“We are not inclined to entertain any of these appeals and they are dismissed,” said a bench of Justices F M I Kalifulla and Shiva Kirti Singh.
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The bench said that the Delhi High Court verdict was a “reasoned one” and there was no ground to interfere in it. It heard the counsel for the Chautalas and the other accused, but did not find merit in the case to seek formal replies from the state government.
About relief like parole on medical grounds, the bench said the convicts may move the High Court with their applications. Chautala, his son and three others are serving 10-year jail terms in the case. The Delhi High Court had in March upheld the sentence, saying “the overwhelming evidence showed the shocking and spine-chilling state of affairs in the country”. Chautalas and 53 others, including two IAS officers, were convicted in 2013, by a trial court for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained teachers in Haryana in 2000.