The Supreme Court has dismissed the review petition filed by former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala challenging their conviction and 10-year jail term awarded to them in teachers’ recruitment scam case.
"Having perused the review petitions and the connected materials submitted on behalf of the petioners and having bestowed our serious consideration to the same, we do not find any scope to review our order…" a bench of Justices F M I Kalifulla and Shiva Kirti Singh said.
The bench also rejected the plea for oral hearing of the review petition in the light of certain evidences.
The apex court had on August 3 had dismissed their appeals against the Delhi High Court verdict upholding their conviction and 10-year jail term in the teachers’ recruitment scam case.
The High Court had on March 5, 2015, upheld the 10-year jail term awarded to Chautalas and three others, saying, "the overwhelming evidence showed the shocking and spine-chilling state of affairs in the country."
The high court, however, had modified the trial court’s order on the quantum of sentence and awarded two-year jail term to 50 other convicts.
Besides Chautalas and two IAS officers, the high court had also awarded 10-year prison term to Sher Singh Badshami, then an MLA and political adviser to Chautala senior.
Former Haryana CM, his son Ajay and 53 others, including two IAS officers, were convicted on January 16, 2013 by the trial court for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained (JBT) teachers in Haryana in 2000.
All the 55 convicts were sentenced under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 418 (cheating), 467 (forgery), 471 (using forged documents as genuine) of IPC and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Initially, there were 62 accused in the case. While two died before filing of the charge sheet, four died during the trial of the case and one was discharged by the trial court.