A Delhi court has rejected pleas to make four IAS officers and 1,577 teachers as accused in teachers' recruitment scam allegedly involving former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala, MLA.

Special Judge Vinod Kumar rejected the pleas filed by two accused Narain Singh Ruhil and Durga Dutt Pradhan who alleged that “undeserving candidates” selected on basis of Directorate List were the “ultimate illegal beneficiary” of the conspiracy and four bureaucrats were actively involved in it.

“Issuing summons to these Junior Basic Trained teachers (1,577) would not only amount to prejudging the entire issue but also may cause lot of harassment to these teachers in case the Directorate lists are found to be the genuine. In these circumstances, I am not inclined to allow this application,” the court said.

The court also dismissed Pradhan's plea seeking to summon as accused the four IAS officers -- Vishnu Bhagwan and Sanjeev Kaushal -- who were the then PS and then Additional PS respectively to the Haryana Chief Minister; the then Finance Commissioner, Education and Languages, Haryana, Prem Prashant; and the then Director, Secondary Education P K Mahapatra.

The court noted that of the four bureaucrats, three of them – Mr. Kaushal, Mr. Prashant and Mr. Mahapatra -- were CBI witnesses and said they are protected from prosecution under the Indian Evidence Act. -- PTI