Former minister Partha Chatterjee’s judicial remand was extended till October 28 by a city court on Wednesday in connection with the alleged illegal recruitment of Group C staff through school service commission.
Chatterjee and other former officials of the education department, including S.P. Sinha, Kalyanmoy Ganguly, Ashoke Saha, who had been accused in the same case, were sent back to judicial custody after they were produced virtually at the Alipore chief judicial magistrate’s court.
The CBI’s lawyer submitted before the court on Wednesday that all the accused now in judicial remand have a nexus.
“They had a strategy on how to commit the crime and how to get away with it. They had planned how to wipe out evidence.... Their involvement needs to be probed deeper,” the lawyer said. He added that all the former officials had “misused” their position to carry out the alleged illegal recruitments. Chatterjee’s lawyer cited his ill health for bail.
“My client’s health needs attention....Although CBI has submitted the chargesheet, yet they are seeking a 14-day judicial remand.”
Sinha, Saha and Ganguly’s lawyers also sought bail citing health issues or submission of the chargesheet. The court after hearing all sides extended the judicial remand of the four till October 28.