10-year jail term for Chautala, son and other accused
A Delhi court awarded a ten-year jail term to the former Haryana CM Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala, two IAS officers and some teachers in a case filed against them. They were held guilty of cheating, forgery, conspiracy and illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained (JBT) teachers in the state in 2000. All the accused were present in the court except Om Prakash Chautala who has been hospitalised for treatment.
Outside the court, thousands of supporters of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) created a ruckus by clashing with police who used batons and teargas to control them, both before and after the sentence was pronounced. They went to the extent of pelting stones and throwing crude bombs inside the court premises.
Om Prakash Chautala is the chief of the INLD and the leader of opposition in the Haryana
Vidhan Sabha. The son of Chaudhari Devi Lal, a former deputy prime minister of India, he has been chief minister of Haryana for five times.
However, in the 2005 state assembly elections, INLD lost its majority, winning just 9 out of the 90 seats to pave way for Bhupinder Singh Hooda of the Congress to become the chief minister of Haryana.