Om Prakash Chautala

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Om Prakash Chautala
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8th Chief Minister of Haryana
In office
24 July 1999 – 4 March 2005
GovernorMahabir Prasad
Babu Parmanand
Om Prakash Verma
Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai
Preceded byBansi Lal
Succeeded byBhupinder Singh Hooda
In office
22 March 1991 – 6 April 1991
GovernorDhanik Lal Mandal
Preceded byHukam Singh
Succeeded byPresident's Rule
In office
12 July 1990 – 17 July 1990
GovernorDhanik Lal Mandal
Preceded byBanarsi Das Gupta
Succeeded byHukam Singh
In office
2 December 1989 – 22 May 1990
GovernorHari Anand Barari
Preceded byChaudhary Devi Lal
Succeeded byBanarsi Das Gupta
Personal details
Born (1935-01-01) 1 January 1935 (age 84)
Chautala, Punjab, British India
Political partyIndian National Lok Dal
Spouse(s)Sneh Lata Chautala
Children5, including Ajay Singh Chautala and Abhay Singh Chautala
FatherChaudhary Devi Lal
ResidenceSirsa district, Haryana

Om Prakash Chautala (born 1 January 1935) is a former Chief Minister of Haryana from Indian National Lok Dal.


Chautala is the son of Chaudhari Devi Lal,[1][2] a former Deputy Prime Minister of India.[3][4] He was married to Sneh Lata, who died in August 2019.[5] He has two sons, Ajay Singh Chautala and Abhay Singh Chautala, and three daughters. Abhay is MLA from Ellenabad and his grandson Dushyant Chautala is a former MP, Lok Sabha from Hisar. He was the Chief Minister of Haryana from 2 December 1989 to 2 May 1990, from 12 July 1990 to 17 July 1990, again from 22 March 1991 to 6 April 1991 and, finally, from 24 July 1999 to 4 March 2004. Politically, he had been part of NDA and Third Front (non-NDA & non-Cong front)[6] at national level.

Recruitment scam[edit]

In June 2008 OP Chautala and 53 others were charged in connection with the appointment of 3,206 junior basic teachers in the state of Haryana during 1999–2000. In January 2013 a New Delhi court sentenced Chautala and his son Ajay Singh Chautala to ten years' imprisonment under various provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.[7] Chautala was found guilty of illegally recruiting over 3,000 unqualified teachers.[8] A CBI investigation was ordered by the Supreme Court based on a writ filed by the former director of primary education Sanjeev Kumar, a 1989 batch IAS officer.[9][10][11]

His sentence has been upheld by the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court.[12]


  1. ^ Singh, Raj Pal (1988). Devi Lal, the man of the masses. Veenu Printers and Publications. p. 3.
  2. ^ "The Jat patriarch". Volume 18 – Issue 09. 28 April – 11 May 2001. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  3. ^ Raj Pal Singh (1988). Devi Lal, the man of the masses. Veenu Printers & Publishers. p. 3. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  4. ^ History of Sirsa Town. Atlantic Publishers & Distri. pp. 241–. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Former Haryana Chief Minister OP Chautala's Wife Dies At 81". 11 August 2019. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Chautala compares Devi Lal with Buddha; slams Cong, BJP | India News - Times of India".
  7. ^ "Former Haryana CM Chautala, his son, 53 others convicted in teachers' recruitment scam". CNN-IBN. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  8. ^ Kattakayam, Jiby (23 January 2013). "Chautala, son jailed for 10 years". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Why Chautala is in jail: All you need to know about JBT scam".
  10. ^ TNN (16 January 2013). "Recruitment scam: Ex-Haryana CM Om Prakash Chautala convicted, arrested". Times of India. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Om Prakash Chautala: Rise, fall, rise and downfall". Indian Express.
  12. ^ "Teachers' recruitment scam: Supreme Court upholds jail term of Om Prakash Chautala, son Ajay". The Indian Express. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2019.

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