The court also urged West Bengal Chief Minister MAmata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to sack the minister from his post.
Kolkata: Calcutta High Court on Tuesday ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to arrest Paresh Chandra Adhikari, Minister of State for Education in the West Bengal government, in connection with appointment of his daughter in a government job. It has been alleged that the minister has a role in the appointment of her daughter as a teacher in a government aided school.
The court also urged West Bengal Chief Minister MAmata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to sack the minister from his job. The court directed the minister to appear before the probe agency for questioning before Tuesday before 8 pm. It also asked the CBI to take over the investigation immediately
The court was hearing a petition filed by a candidate who has alleged that she was deprived of the job despite having secured higher marks than Adhikari’s daughter in the exam. Petitioner, in his petition before the court, has said that he was disqualified from the job despite securing 77 marks while the minister’s daughter got the job while she secured just 61 marks. It has been alleged that the petitioner had secured 20th position for the job but later her position was changed to 21.
A former judge-headed committee was appointed by the high court to probe the matter. The committee submitted its report last week which said that 381 Group C post appointments in State government/aided schools were illegal. The committee also recommended penal action against five former top bureaucrats of State School Service Commission and present president of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education.