HC orders removal of Bengal primary education board chairman

Wednesday 29th June 2022 07:27 EDT

New Delhi: TMC MLA Manik Bhattacharya was asked to step down from his position as the Chairman of the Board of Primary Education by Calcutta High Court Judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay. Manik's alleged involvement in the Primary School Teachers recruitment corruption case has landed him in trouble.

Manik has also been summoned to court. He has earlier questioned by the CBI on the orders of the court. The central intelligence agency also questioned the board's secretary Ratna Chakraborty Bagchi.
It is alleged that in the 2014 TET, 269 teachers in the second recruitment list were illegally given extra one number. According to CBI sources, the investigators wanted to know from the duo at whose behest the second recruitment list was published in the 2014 TET.

After a CBI inquiry was ordered into the case, the HC had also ordered the dismissal of 269 people from their jobs. In addition, the HC ordered a ban on the entry of 269 teachers to the school and suspended their salaries.

On June 15, Justice Gangopadhyay had ordered for a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to be set up for conducting a probe into the recruitment scam. Accordingly, the CBI submitted names of the six members of the SIT to the Calcutta HC. On the same day, the agency submitted the first status report on the progress of the agency`s investigation in the issue.

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