Relief to teachers, IAS officers in Jobs scam

A Delhi court has rejected pleas to make four IAS officers and 1,577 teachers as accused in the teachers recruitment scam, allegedly involving former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala, who is an MLA.

Special judge Vinod Kumar rejected the pleas filed by the two accused Narain Singh Ruhil and Durga Dutt Pradhan. 

They alleged that “undeserving candidates” selected on the basis of the directorate list were the “ultimate illegal beneficiary” of the alleged conspiracy. 

They told the court that four bureaucrats were actively involved in the scam.

“Issuing summons to these junior basic trained teachers numbering 1,577  will not only amount to prejudging the entire issue, but may also cause lot of harassment to these teachers if the directorate list is found to be the genuine list,” the court observed.

“In these circumstances, I am not inclined to allow this application,” the court said. The court also dismissed Pradhan’s plea, seeking to summon as accused the four IAS officers — Vishnu Bhagwan, Sanjeev Kaushal, Prem Prashant and P K Mahapatra. The accused told the court that these officials were “very close” to the chief minister.

The court noted that of the four bureaucrats, Kaushal, Prashant and Mahapatra were CBI witnesses and they were protected from prosecution under the Indian Evidence Act.

Ruhil, in his application filed through advocates Ravinder Singh Ruhil and Amit Kumar, alleged that the CBI has deliberately not made these 1,577 teachers accused in the case to “protect the real culprits, who are influential persons”.

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