CBI makes first arrests in Bengal education scam, 2 officials in custody

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested two former officials of the West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) in connection with the ongoing teacher’s recruitment case.

Shanti Prasad Sinha, former advisor of West Bengal School Service Commission was arrested by CBI on Wednesday. (File photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday made its first arrests in the West Bengal teachers recruitment scam case. The investigating agency arrested Shanti Prasad Sinha, former advisor of West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) and former chairman of SSC, Ashok Saha, in connection with the case.

According to a statement by the CBI, the two violated the provisions of the SSC rules and collected the vacancies of Group C staff in an unauthorised manner and issued recommendations for unsuccessful candidates for those vacancies. They forged the signatures of the chairpersons of the regional commission to issue these recommendations.

Appointment letters were then issued on the basis of these recommendations, bypassing the normal chain hierarchy and without posting the selected candidates’ names on the website.

“Thus, the deserving genuine candidates were debarred from getting the regular salaried jobs,” said the CBI.

BJP REACTS

Opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari reacted to the news of the arrest and said,”This is just the tip of the iceberg. It is a corruption of Rs 3000 crore. The circle of the chief minister who wants to be established in politics is completely connected with this corruption. The CBI and ED should also nab those racketeers who collected the names. Two types of brokers worked. A group of legislators. Tapas Saha’s letter has already been published. The letter of the former MLA of Bajpur and Balaguru has come forward.”

ED SUMMONS TMC MLA

Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) sent a notice to TMC MLA Manik Bhattacharya in connection with the case. He was asked to appear before the investigating officer at the ED office in Kolkata next week.

The ED had earlier recovered some important documents in a raid conducted on his residence. He was then summoned by the probe agency for questioning. Manik Bhattacharya had already appeared at the ED office twice.

Earlier, he was removed from his post of the president of West Bengal primary education board after an order of the Kolkata High court.

(With input from Sujay Ghosh)

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