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‘Clean chit’ for leader accused in BEd scam

July 17: The government-appointed committee probing the alleged cash-for-seats scam at Bhaktabala BEd College has given a clean chit to Trinamul student leader Tanmay Acharya, sources in the education department said today.

Abhijit Chakrabarti, the interim vice-chancellor of Jadavpur University tasked with conducting the probe, said: “I submitted my report to the education minister yesterday.” He declined further comment.

Chakrabarti’s report, the sources said, found the involvement of Kalyani University controller of examinations Bimalendu Biswas and Bhaktabala co-owner Amar Biswas in the unauthorised admissions process, a source said.

The sources said the report had stated that not enough evidence had been found against Tanmay, the general secretary of the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad-controlled students’ union at Kalyani University, to establish the charge that the leader was involved in the alleged scam.

Last month, 32 students of Bhaktabala BEd College had lodged complaints with the Kalyani University vice-chancellor’s office accusing Tanmay of taking between Rs 1.25 lakh and Rs 1.85 lakh to facilitate admissions beyond the sanctioned strength.

Tanmay was not available for comment.

“The complaints against Tanmay were specific. The students had even mentioned the dates when they had handed the money to him. College co-owner Amar Biswas had accused Tanmay of forcing him to admit 39 students beyond the sanctioned strength of 100. How could the probe committee give Tanmay the clean chit?” asked a Kalyani University professor.

One of the 32 students expressed shock. “We had mentioned that Tanmay Acharya had taken money. We are surprised that his involvement could not be established,” the student said.

Education minister Partha Chatterjee said he would speak on the report’s findings after July 21. “I am yet to go through the report,” he said.

Yesterday, the Nadia TMCP proposed Tanmay’s name for the post of the joint working president of the district unit.

Controller of examinations Bimalendu Biswas said he had no clue why he had been implicated in the report. “If this is the finding, I don’t know how Abhijit Chakrabarti has concluded that the office of the controller had a role in the scam. Let him say categorically what my fault is and how I am involved,” he said.

Amar Biwas said he had been made a scapegoat. “I would like to iterate that the Bhaktabala BEd College authorities did not take any extra money for admissions. I was compelled by some persons to admit students beyond the sanctioned strength,” he said.