Thousands of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supporters created a ruckus outside the Rohini court complex on Thursday after former Haryana chief minister OP Chautala arrived there in a jail van for the hearing on the quantum of his sentence in a corruption case.
Chautala, convicted of illegally recruiting 3,206 teachers in the state, on Thursday pleaded with a Delhi court for leniency in sentencing, citing his ill health and old age, while the CBI sought maximum punishment for all 55 convicts in the case.
The court has now fixed January 22 to pronounce its order on the quantum of his sentence.
A large number of INLD supporters holding the party flag tried to stop the jail van outside the court and even climbed on to the vehicle, forcing the driver to stop it. They also stood outside the court lock-up where Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and other 53 convicts were being kept.
Around 300-350 supporters were also standing outside the court room where the case was being heard.
Other than the 55 accused, their counsel, prosecutors and the court staff, the judge did not allow anyone else to enter the court room. Relatives, family members of the accused and others were asked to stand behind the barricades set up outside the courtroom, as the proceedings continued amid tight security.
Chautalas’ posters defaced
Sirsa: Following the eerie silence in daytime after the conviction of INLD supremo OP Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala, who is also a legislator from Mandi Dabwali, by CBI Court, the suspected rivals burst the crackers and defaced the posters of Chautalas on Wednesday night.
The act of defacement invited the wrath of Chautala supporters who alleged that it could be a handiwork of supporters of a former Haryana minister.