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Letters say student leader, professors, clerk took lakhs… kinchit, indeed

- CASH FOR SEATS: From sajano ghatana to kinchit (trivial) ghatana

Calcutta, June 22: Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee said today that Kalyani University had been asked to submit a report on the cash-for-seats scandal in a BEd college that has been de-recognised by the varsity.

But Chatterjee, whose party’s student leader is among those accused of taking money, added: “Eta ekta kinchit ghatana (this is a trivial issue). By overplaying the issue, Bengal is being shown in a poor light to other states.”

To his credit, Chatterjee did not dismiss the allegations as “sajano ghatana” (fabricated incident) — a phrase that has stalked the chief minister ever since she uttered it to initially describe the Park Street rape complaint.

Later in the day, Chatterjee spoke to The Telegraph on the college controversy.

Q: Has any education department official visited Kalyani University to probe the matter?

Chatterjee: Not yet. However, we shall send an official to the university to probe the matter. The varsity authorities have also been asked to investigate and submit a report to me in writing at the earliest.

Excerpts from some of the letters sent by students of Bhaktabala BEd College in Nadia to the vice-chancellor of Kalyani University

Q: Has the party ordered any probe into allegations against Tanmay Acharya, Trinamul Chhatra Parishad leader in Kalyani University?

Chatterjee: No. We are waiting for the report from the university to arrive and then we shall decide.

Q: Has any FIR been lodged since the complaint letters mention payoffs?

Chatterjee: No. We shall act after we get a report from the university.

Trinamul all-India general secretary Mukul Roy, asked if he knew Acharya, said: “Who is Tanmay Acharya? I meet hundreds of people — I can’t recall him.”