Teachers recruitment scam: HC grants bail to ex-IAS officer

The Delhi High Court on Friday granted four weeks interim bail to former IAS officer Sanjiv Kumar, convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison along with former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and his MLA-son Ajay Chautala in the teachers recruitment case.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 08, 2014, 23:44 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday granted four weeks interim bail to former IAS officer Sanjiv Kumar, convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison along with former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and his MLA-son Ajay Chautala in the teachers recruitment case.

Justice Siddharth Mridul also extended the interim bail of Om Prakash Chautala`s former Officer on Special Duty Vidya Dhar till August 29.
The court granted bail to Kumar, who claims to be the whistle-blower in the case, on the basis of a submission from Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IBHAS) that he is suffering from acute depression.

On August 1, the high court had extended till August 22 the interim bail of the Chautalas as well as Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MLA Sher Singh Badshami.

On July 11, 2014, the high court had reserved its verdict on the appeals of 55 convicts, including the Chautalas, in the Junior Basic Teachers recruitment scam case.
On January 22, 2013, a special CBI court had convicted and sentenced Om Prakash Chautala, his son Ajay and eight others, including Vidya Dhar and Badshami, to 10 years jail term each for illegally recruiting 3,206 junior teachers in the year 2000.

Among other convicts, 44 have been sentenced to four years in jail and one to a five-year jail term.
All of them were held guilty of cheating, forgery, using fake documents as genuine, conspiracy under IPC and of abusing their official position under Prevention of Corruption Act.