New Delhi: The CBI has recommended registration of corruption case against former Haryana Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala for alleged irregularities in selection of candidates to the state Civil Services Executive Branch in 2003-04, the Supreme Court was on Wednesday informed.
A bench headed by Justice Altamas Kabir would examined the report on October 10.
In a status report recently submitted before the bench, CBI has also recommended similar proceedings against ex-Transport Minister Ashok Kumar Arora; Sunil Ahuja, then Chief Secretary; BD Dhalia, the then Private Secretary to the CM; KC Sharma, IAS, the then Revenue Secretary; RN Parashar, the then Finance Commissioner, Transport; AN Mathur, the then Chief Secretary, Haryana, and certain others.
According to the agency, the preliminary enquiry conducted by it showed that INLD chief Chautala had arbitrarily raised the age limit from 45 to 50 and reduced the minimum work experience from five to three years with a “deliberate intent, with the sole objective of favouring certain candidates as part of a criminal conspiracy.”
The agency said there was no justifiable grounds to relax the eligibility criteria as “more than required number of eligible candidates were available under the then existing norms – 45 years and five years of work experience..
“As such, the action of the then Chief Minister Sh Om Parkash Chautala and his PS Sh BD Dhalia can be seen as clearly malafide taken to favour certain candidates including Sh BD Dhalia’s son who would have been rendered ineligible to qualify as per the existing criteria,” the CBI said.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had on September 1, 2005, ordered a CBI probe on petitions filed by some of the candidates following which the CBI registered a preliminary enquiry on October 18, 2005.
The aggrieved Haryana Public Service Commission then appealed in the apex court.