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Option before Chautalas after sentencing

New Delhi: After pronouncement of quantum of punishment by a Delhi court on Tuesday to former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala in teachers’ recruitment scam, now all eyes are on the next move of the convicts.

As the Delhi’s Rohini Court has awarded ten-year jail term to former Chief Minister and his son, the convicts are left with only option to appeal before Delhi High Court against their sentencing and seek bail because bail cannot be granted to an accused by a lower court if he or she has been such a high quantum of punishment.

Earlier on Thursday, former Chief Minister Chautala, had pleaded before the lower court for leniency in sentencing citing his ill health and old age, while the CBI sought maximum punishment for all 55 convicts in the case.
        
Both the Chautalas along with others were convicted of illegally recruiting 3,206 junior basic trained (JBT) teachers in the state in the year 2000.

(JPN/Agencies)

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