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HC’s Chautala verdict may rewrite Haryana equations

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court is on the verge of concluding its hearing on the petitions of former Haryana CM O P Chautala and his son Ajay challenging their conviction in the teachers recruitment scam, in what can potentially have significant implications for political equations in Haryana.

The verdict in the Junior Basic Trained (JBT) teachers recruitment scam is likely to have significant impact on Haryana's turbulent poll scene, amid indications that a favourable verdict for Chautalas will clear the way for a BJP-INLD tie up in the state. Sources said that while both sides are keen to have an alliance, BJP is hesitant to sign the deal so long as the conviction of Chautalas is not upturned.

A tie-up with Chautalas will put the BJP on a very strong wicket in the state where it has already teamed up with Kuldip Bishnoi's Janhit Congress.

The hearing on the appeals by Chautals and other co-accused including IAS officer Sanjeev Kumar, are in the final stage, raising the prospect of an early verdict in the politically sensitive case which has shrunk the options for Chautala at a time when they are hopeful of exploiting the incumbency of B S Hooda-led Congress governmentBefore Kumar the Chautalas and other convicts have finished their arguments while the prosecuting agency, the CBI has backed the decision of the trial court.

. "Due to Aam Aadmi Party making criminalization of politics a major issue, the BJP demurred from sealing a pre poll alliance with the INLD. With the Chautalas convicted and in jail for serious corruption charges the national party couldn't risk to be seen courting them. But in case they secure an acquittal from Delhi High Court, the entire poll scenario can change," sources in the BJP said to explained party's posture towards the convicted father-son duo.

Ever since their conviction in January last year, the journey of Chautalas has been different from other convicts in the case, with even the Supreme Court taking strong exception to their remaining on interim bail on medical grounds. The father son duo has hardly spent more than six months in prison - a fact that didn't escape SC's notice.

In September 2013, while dismissing Chautala senior's plea for extending bail on health grounds, SC was acerbic, also criticizing the Delhi HC for "giving known VIP convicts preference in appeal." Relying on the report of an AIIMS medical board SC lamented how "the moment big personalities are convicted, they spend more time in hospital than in prison" but when in power they forget they are suffering from high-sounding diseases.

The apex court was further perturbed that the Delhi HC granted priority in hearing the appeal filed by the INLD chief. The judges pointed out how in SC "people with death sentence are waiting for (disposal) of their appeals filed in 2005".

Disapproving the manner in which Chautalas appeal was fast-tracked by HC, the SC bench had also wondered, "What will a poor man feel? Does the system care only for well known personalities and well known people are given advantage?"

On January 22, a trial court had sentenced Chautala and nine others, including Ajay, to 10 years' jail term for illegally recruiting 3,206 JBT teachers in 2000. Among other convicts, 44 have been sentenced to four years in jail and one was sentenced to five-year jail term. All of them were held guilty of cheating, forgery, using fake documents as genuine, conspiracy under the IPC and for abusing their official position under Prevention of Corruption Act.
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