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CBI chargesheets Chautala and his son

The CBI chargesheeted former Haryana CM Om Prakash Chautala, his son and MP Ajay, two IAS officers and 56 others in connection with a scam.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2008 01:24 AM IST

The CBI on Friday chargesheeted former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, his son and MP Ajay, two IAS officers and 56 others in connection with a scam relating to appointment of over 3,000 junior basic teachers in the state during 1999-2000.

Sanjiv Kumar, a self-proclaimed whistle-blower, and Chauthala's former Officer on Special Duty Vidya Dhar are the two civil servants 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 of 1999-2000.
The CBI alleged that the father-son duo had used forged documents to appoint 3,206 teachers.

The self-proclaimed whistle blower, Kumar was allegedly not found overboard by the CBI and was also chargesheeted by the agency.

The CBI on February 17, 2005 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 provisions of Indian Penal Code like 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) r/w 13(1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

The then director of primary education Sanjeev Kumar, a 1989 batch IAS officer, had filed a writ in the Supreme Court alleging that the Om Prakash Chautala Government had resorted to corrupt practices while recruiting 3208 Junior Basic
Trained (JBT) teachers in 2000.

The Apex Court in its order on November 25, 2003 had directed the CBI to take up the investigation of the case.

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