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Chautalas to remain in jail for 8 years

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op-chautalaDelhi High Court on Thursday upheld the 10-year jail term awarded to former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, his son Ajay Chautala and three others for corruption in a JBT teachers’ recruitment scam .

Justice Siddharth Mridul also upheld the 10-year sentence of Sher Singh Badshami, political adviser to the then Haryana CM and two IAS officers Vidya Dhar and Sanjiv Kumar.

The High Court said they vilified the process of recruiting teachers and marred the exercise by corruption. The high court also modified to two years the sentence of the remaining 50 convicts. It disposed of all the bail applications pending before it and directed them to surrender.

78-year-old Chautala had on the 7th of last month moved the High Court challenging his conviction and sentence, seeking suspension of his jail term on health ground .The INLD chief, his MLA son Ajay Chautala and 53 others including two IAS officers were convicted on January 16 by the trial court for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained (JBT) teachers in Haryana in 2000.

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