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Big setback for Chautala
The Late Devi Lal, the former Deputy Minister of India, must be shedding tears of humiliation in his heavenly abode on learning about the conviction of his son, Om Prakash Chautala and grandson Ajay Chautala, by a Special CBI court of New Delhi which found them along with 53 officials guilty on charges of illegally recruiting, through forged documents, around 3,000 junior basic trained (JBT) teachers in the state during his tenure as Haryana's Chief Minister.

The quantum of punishment will be pronounced by the Court on January 22, 2013. They were taken to the Tihar jail. This is indeed a big setback for the Indian National Lok Dal, which has naturally reacted by branding the whole thing as an act of political vendetta. That may be so, could be so or it could just be a comment made in self-defence.

At any rate, the Chautalas will have opportunity to challenge the judgment of the CBI court in a higher court. Om Prakash Chautala's son and INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala has already announced that he will appeal against the conviction in the higher court and will pursue the matter to the Supreme Court.

If the charges lack substance they will certainly get relief. But for that, as Hiragana's Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda (Congress) remarked: "Law will take its own course," reported Economic Times. And that could be a long-drawn affair which will take its own political toll.

If the ruling Congress leaders and opposition Haryana Janhit Congress have hailed special CBI court's decision convicting Chautala and others it is because they stand to politically gain out of Chautala's embarrassing moments which could have a very adverse impact on his political future.

"One has to pay for his deeds," Hooda added. For the Congress it could be a moment of joy. This is because the court's decision has provided a leeway to Congress which has been facing public ire because of series of controversies including rising rape cases, the Robert Vadra-DLF land deal and so on. It cannot be denied even by the most ardent supporters of Om Prakash Chautala that the conviction will have impact on INLD's campaign for the Lok Sabha elections scheduled next year.

Meanwhile the Congress is understandably jubilant. "The courts decision has reaffirmed faith in judiciary," Haryana?s Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala has said, adding: "The decision has established that the law will catch up with you no matter how powerful you are, and that those who interfere with the constitution or engage in nepotism will be brought to book," he said, reported Economic Times.

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