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Same SIT to investigate all teacher hiring investigations: HC

CBI joint director N. Venugopal to lead the team

Our Legal Reporter | Published 18.06.22, 07:05 AM
Calcutta High Court

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Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay of Calcutta High Court on Friday announced that the same special investigation team (SIT) would probe allegations of irregularities in appointments by the state primary education board as well as the school service commission (SSC).

Advocate Billwadal Bhattacharya, counsel for the investigating agency, told Justice Gangopadhyay on Friday about the formation of the SIT in accordance with his earlier order.

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He also informed the judge that CBI joint director N. Venugopal would lead the team, whose other members are an additional superintendent, two deputy superintendents and two inspectors.

Paying heed to advice from former CBI officer and state minister Upen Biswas, Justice Gangopadhyay had on Wednesday asked the CBI to form an SIT to probe the allegedly illegal recruitment of teachers by the primary education board for government-aided primary schools.

On Friday, the judge entrusted the same team with the probe into allegedly illegal appointments by the SSC.

While hearing the case related to recruitments for primary schools, the judge issued a fresh order on Friday asking the primary education board to submit every detail about its decision to provide one extra mark to 273 candidates for attempting a wrong question in the teachers’ eligibility test in 2014.

"Details about the meeting in which the decision was taken, who were in the committee set up to select candidates eligible for the extra mark... every detail will have to be placed before this court by the board on June 20,” the judge said.

Earlier this week, counsel appearing for the primary education board had informed the court that one question in the 2014 test was wrong and the board had decided to provide an extra mark to the candidates who had attempted it.

Minister daughter

A lawyer on Friday informed the judge that in accordance with his earlier order, Ankita Adhikary, daughter of minister Paresh Adhikary, had returned Rs 7.94 lakh as the first instalment of the salary she had drawn after her illegal recruitment.

The court had asked her to return all the money she had drawn as salary so far as an assistant teacher of a secondary school. Ankita had joined the school overtaking candidates whose names were above her on the merit list.

Last updated on 18.06.22, 07:05 AM
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