The Delhi high court on Monday said the manner in which Om Prakash Chautala-led government declared more candidates successful than the vacancies advertised for Junior Basic Trained (JBT) in some districts in 2000 prima-facie showed that some favours had been done.
Justice Mukta Gupta was hearing the bail application filed by Chautala sentenced to ten years on January 22 by the trial court for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained (JBT) teachers in Haryana in 2000. His MLA son Ajay Chautala and 53 others were also convicted in the case
“The pattern shows some favour has been done to some candidates who later emerged successful. That is discernible”, justice Gupta said
The remarks came when Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran who appeared for the CBI said in most cases candidates were awarded more marks in the interview to ensure sure shot success.
He said in Bhiwani district 150 candidates were recruited against 60 vacancies.
Parasaran also said the Chautala had reconstituted the result compilation committee in a mysterious fashion just before the results were to be declared.
He said the government declared more candidates successful than the vacancies advertised in some favoured Haryana districts.
CBI told the court that conspiracy in the scam had begun in September 1999 when the recruitment was taken out of the purview of Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC).
CBI said Chautala had become the Chief Minister in July 1999 and he had also the additional charge of Education Minister.
The previous government in the state had taken the initiative for largescale recruitment of JBT teachers and the work was assigned to HSSC, he said.
The counsel argued the cabinet headed by Chautala had held the first meeting in September in which a decision was taken to "take away" the teachers' recruitment process from HSSC and to hand over the same to the directorate of primary education for the recruitment through district-level selection committees (DLSCs).
Arguing for bail, Chautala had told the court that singling him out for punishment in connection with irregularities in appointment of teachers amounted to injustice as the recruitments were made pursuant to the collective decision of the state cabinet.