Trinamool Congress Legislator and former Chairman of West Bengal Board of Primary Education (WBBPE), Manik Bhattacharya |
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress legislator and former chairman of the West Bengal Board of Primary Education (WBBPE), Manik Bhattacharya, went to the Supreme Court on Friday to challenge an order from the Calcutta High Court upholding an earlier order passed by the same court for an investigation by CBI into the state’s elementary school teacher recruitment scam.
Bhattacharya also challenged the order of the Calcutta High Court for his removal from the presidency of the WBBPE.
On September 2, a divisional bench of the High Court upheld a June 16 order from the same court requesting a CBI investigation into the recruitment scam and the removal of Bhattacharya from the presidency of the WBBPE president.
On Friday, Bhattacharya went to the top court to challenge the September 2 order.
We learn that the Supreme Court accepted his request and set it for a hearing on September 27.
Recently, the CBI submitted a report to a special agency tribunal on the progress made in its investigation into the multi-crore recruitment irregularities at the West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC).
In the report, CBI detectives highlighted how the state’s former education minister, Partha Chatterjee, overlooked several complaints filed against Manik Bhattacharya over the latter’s involvement in “rampant corruption” in the recruitment process for primary school teachers.
The CBI lawyer had referred to a text message received on Chatterjee’s cellphone, complaining that Bhattacharya was engaging in professional misconduct.
However, the CBI pointed out that instead of acting on this complaint, Chatterjee forwarded the message to Bhattacharya.
Chatterjee, the main defendant in the WBSSC recruiting scam, is currently in judicial custody and is due in court on October 5.
Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is conducting a parallel investigation into the matter, has already interviewed Bhattacharya on some occasions.
Previously, a lookout was issued against Bhattacharya for preventing him from leaving the country.
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