The Tihar Jail authorities have recovered a mobile phone from the prison cell of former Haryana Minister Ajay Singh Chautala. Talking to News Nation, Tihar DG Ajay Kashyap confirmed the development and said that the seized mobile phone will be handed over to special cell. The special cell will see for how long the mobile phone was being used and who all were in contact with Chautala via the mobile phone. It should be noted that on June 19, a mobile phone was also seized from Ajay Chautala’s father and former Haryana Chief Minister OP Chautala from his Tihar cell.
Additional Inspector General Rajkumar had said that a mobile phone, a charger, tobacco pouch, and a wire was found from Chautala Senior’s cell. However, during interrogation, Chautala’s fellow inmate Ramesh claimed that the items belonged to him. Chautala is lodged in jail number two at Tihar jail and has two inmates in the cell with him. The cell phone recovered was an android phone, a News18 report had said.
The father-son duo and 53 others, including two IAS officers, were among 55 persons convicted on January 16, 2013 by the trial court for illegally recruiting 3,206 JBT teachers in Haryana in 2000. The high court had on March 5, 2015, said, "The overwhelming evidence showed the shocking and spine-chilling state of affairs in the country." The Supreme Court had on August 3, 2016 dismissed the appeals of Chautala and his father OP Chautala challenging the high court verdict upholding their conviction and sentence of 10 years awarded by a trial court in the junior basic trained (JBT) teachers recruitment scam case.