Suspended IAS officer gets bail in teachers’ recruitment scam
A Delhi court on Thursday granted bail to suspended IAS officer Sanjeev Kumar, convicted in the Haryana teachers’ recruitment scam and arrested for allegedly contriving a businessman’s murder.
Chief metropolitan magistrate Veena Rani enlarged Kumar on bail while directing him to furnish a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh with a surety of like amount. The court also asked Kumar to surrender his passport and join investigations as and when required by the investigating officer (IO) of the case.
Public prosecutor Anil Paswan opposed the bail plea of Kumar saying the investigation was going on and enlarging him on bail would hamper the probe.
On April 30, Delhi Police’s crime branch had arrested the 1985-batch Haryana-cadre IAS officer for allegedly conspiring to get his Delhi-based businessman friend killed in order to implicate former Haryana chief minister OP Chautala’s son. Kumar had been on parole from his sentence in the junior basic teachers’ recruitment scam.
His aide Shaukat Pasha, who is serving life sentence in the Tihar jail in a murder case, was also arrested in connection with the conspiracy to kill businessman Tikka Hassan Mustafa.
The police had told the court that two sharp-shooters of Pasha’s gang were also arrested in the case. Kumar, along with former chief minister Chautala, his MLA son Ajay Chautala and 53 others, had been convicted for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior teachers.
He was the director of primary education when the scam took place and the court had relied on his testimony for the verdict.
He was initially a whistleblower, but the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe that followed found his involvement in the scam. As he had accumulated huge wealth, a separate disproportionate assets case was also registered against him and he was chargesheeted.