The damning chargesheet by the CBI, which eventually led to conviction and arrest of 55 persons for their alleged involvement in illegal recruitment of teachers in 1999, has held former Haryana Chief Minister Chautala as the kingpin of the bungling and 1985-batch IAS officer Sanjiv Kumar executed his plan.
It also says that it was the part of their scheme to take the recruitment out of the purview of the Haryana Staff Selection Commission to manipulate the selection lists. The other three active members were INLD secretary general Ajay Singh Chautala, former CM’s political adviser Sher Singh Badshami — now an MLA from Ladwa — and Vidya Dhar, the then OSD to the CM.
The investigating agency says that during 1999 to 2000, Dhar, Badshami, Chautala and his son Ajay entered in to a conspiracy with Kumar —who later turned the whisltleblower — and chairpersons and committee members of selection committees of 18 districts to cheat the Directorate of Primary Education by abusing their official position and by divesting Staff Selection Commission from recruitment of JBT teachers. It was “pursuant to the conspiracy that Chautala fraudulently considered a note in the meeting of Council of Ministers dated September 8, 1999, to take away recruitment of JBT teachers from the purview of the commission and the council decided accordingly.”
The chargesheet states that it was Kumar who replaced the lists after removing them from the sealed almirah at the behest of Chautalas. “Kumar changed some of the members of the committees for compilation of results and dishonestly and fraudulently took out the interview marks lists from the sealed almirah and replaced it,” the chargesheet says.
The “headquarters” of the whole scam was a guesthouse in sector 6, Panchkula, which the Haryana Prathmik Shiksha Pariyojna department had taken on rent in mid-August, 2000. Kumar was the Special Project Director of the department. This guesthouse was taken on rent with a specific purpose to manipulate the original lists. The CBI chargesheet alleges that Kumar had been sending his departmental officials to this guesthouse and later on the directions of Chautalas, Badshami and Dhar, he organised a number of meetings of the chiarpersons of the district level committees with an ulterior motive to prepare the fraudulent lists of the JBT teachers.
It also said that between July-October, 2000, Kumar was in constant touch with Ajay through the landlines installed at his 18, Janpath