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School staff recruitment ‘scam’: CBI raids WBBSE office, houses of senior officials

The move came days after Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay expressed his displeasure over the progress of CBI investigations into all cases, including the probe into the SSC recruitment scam case ordered by him.

Sources said the raids were conducted after the WBBSE president failed to appear despite issuing repeated summons.

The CBI on Thursday conducted raids at the office of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) and
the houses of senior WBBSE officers as part of their investigation into the alleged illegal appointments in state-sponsored and -aided schools.

The move came days after Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay expressed his displeasure over the progress of CBI investigations into all cases, including the probe into the SSC recruitment scam case ordered by him. According to a senior agency officer, a six-member team carried out searches at the WBBSE’s Salt Lake office and questioned staff members there.

Later in the day, raids were conducted at the houses of former West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) adviser Shanti Prasad Sinha and WBBSE president Kalyanmoy Ganguly. Sources said the raids were conducted after the WBBSE president failed to appear for questioning despite issuing repeated summons. Later, Ganguly was taken to the WBBSE’s Salt Lake office for questioning. The officer said, “Our officers are there in connection with the investigation into the appointment scam. They are questioning staff members and conducting search operations.”

Earlier, state ministers Partha Chatterjee and Paresh Adhikari were questioned by the CBI for their alleged involvement in the scam. Meanwhile, hearing a related case, Justice Gangopadhyay said, “Several SSC officers used their position to provide jobs to their family members.” Without taking anyone’s name, Justice Gangopadhyay said the truth would come out soon.

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First published on: 17-06-2022 at 12:51:33 am
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