Om Prakash Chautala

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Om Prakash Chautala
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7th Chief Minister of Haryana
In office
24 July 1999 – 4 March 2004
Governor Mahabir Prasad
Babu Parmanand
Om Prakash Verma
Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai
Preceded by Bansi Lal
Succeeded by Bhupinder Singh Hooda
In office
22 March 1991 – 6 April 1991
Governor Dhanik Lal Mandal
Preceded by Hukam Singh
Succeeded by President's Rule
In office
12 July 1990 – 17 July 1990
Governor Dhanik Lal Mandal
Preceded by Banarsi Das Gupta
Succeeded by Hukam Singh
In office
2 December 1989 – 22 May 1990
Governor Hari Anand Barari
Preceded by Chaudhary Devi Lal
Succeeded by Banarsi Das Gupta
Personal details
Born 1 January 1935 (1935-01) (age 82)
Nationality Indian
Political party Indian National Lok Dal
Spouse(s) Sneh Lata Chautala
Children Ajay Singh Chautala, Abhay Singh Chautala
Father Chaudhary Devi Lal
Residence Sirsa District, Haryana

Om Prakash Chautala (born 1 January 1935) is an Indian politician from the state of Haryana and the leader of the Indian National Lok Dal political party. He is a former Chief Minister of Haryana. He is sentenced to ten years imprisonment along with his son Ajay Singh Chautala and is currently lodged in Tihar Jail.


Chautala is the son of Chaudhari Devi Lal,[1][2] a former Deputy Prime Minister of India.[3][4] He has two sons, Ajay and Abhay, and three daughters: Suchitra, Sunita and Anjali. His son Abhay is MLA from Ellenabad and his grandson Dushyant Chautala is 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 United National Progressive Alliance at national level. At present the Indian National Lok Dal is the main opposition party and his son Abhay Singh Chautala is the leader of opposition.[5]

Recruitment scam[edit]

In June 2008 OP Chautala and 53 others were charged in connection with the appointment of 3,216 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.[6] Chautala was found guilty of illegally recruiting over 3000 unqualified teachers.[7] A CBI investigation was ordered by the Supreme Court during NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.[8][9]

His sentence has been upheld by the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court.[10]


  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 Apr. – 11 May 2001. Retrieved 13 June 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  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. 
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  6. ^ "Former Haryana CM Chautala, his son, 53 others convicted in teachers' recruitment scam". CNN-IBN. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Kattakayam, Jiby (2013-01-23). "Chautala, son jailed for 10 years". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  8. ^ TNN (16 January 2013). "Recruitment scam: Ex-Haryana CM Om Prakash Chautala convicted, arrested". Times Of India. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Om Prakash Chautala: Rise, fall, rise and downfall". Indian Express. 
  10. ^ "Teachers' recruitment scam: Supreme Court upholds jail term of Om Prakash Chautala, son Ajay". Indian Express. 

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