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CBI chargesheets Chautala, son in teachers scam
June 06, 2008 21:16 IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday chargesheeted former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, his son and Member of Parliament, Ajay, two Indian Administrative Service officers and 56 others in connection with a scam relating to appointment of over 3,000 junior 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 to go ahead with the prosecution without securing the sanction from the Haryana Governor and the Lok Sabha Speaker to file a chargesheet in the junior teacher appointment scam
The CBI alleged that the father-son duo had used forged documents to appoint 3,206 teachers.
Kumar was allegedly found to posses assets dissproportinate to his income by the CBI and also chargesheeted.
The CBI on February 17, 2005 had carried out searches at 16 locations and claimed to have unearthed disproportionate assets possessed by the IAS officer to the tune of Rs 80.33 lakh acquired by Kumar and his family.
Most of the assets were acquired fromApril 1, 1998 to March 31, 2003. His assets and expenditure during the period were to the tune of Rs 60.41 lakh against an income of Rs 14.24 lakh, the CBI said.
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 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
The then director of primary education, Kumar, a 1989 batch IAS officer, had filed a writ in the Supreme Court alleging that the Chautala Government had resorted to corrupt practices while recruiting 3,208 teachers. 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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