Chautala, son chargesheeted in teachers' recruitment scan

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New Delhi, Jun 6 (UNI) The Central Bureau of Investigation today chargesheeted former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, his MP son Ajay Chautala and 58 others, including two bureaucrats in the teacher appointment scam.

Over 3,000 junior basic teachers were appointed in the state during 1999-2000.

Sanjiv Kumar and Chautala's former Officer on Special Duty Vidya Dhar are the two IAS officials named in the chargesheet which was filed in the designated court.

Earlier, the CBI had made its intentions clear before the Supreme Court that it would go ahead with the prosecution without securing the sanction from Haryana Governor and Lok Sabha Speaker in the junior teacher appointment scam.

The CBI alleged that the father-son duo used forged documents to appoint 3,206 teachers.

On February 17, 2005, CBI teams had carried out searches at 16 places and claimed to have unearthed disproportionate assets possessed by the IAS officer to the tune of Rs 80.33 lakh acquired by him in his own name and in the names of his family members.

Most of the assets were acquired during the period of April 1, 1998 to March 31, 2003. His total assets and expenditure during the period of five years were to the tune of Rs 60.41 lakh against an income of Rs 14.24 lakh, the CBI said and added that thereby, the IAS officer had acquired disproportionate assets to the tune of 46.17 lakh.

The CBI had registered the case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code: Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and Section 13(2) read with 13(1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The then director of primary education Sanjeev Kumar had filed a writ in the Supreme Court alleging that the Chautala government had resorted to corrupt practices while recruiting the teachers. The SC had directed the CBI to take up the investigation.

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