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HC directs former West Bengal Education Minister to appear before CBI

A single bench of the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed former West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee to present himself before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by 5.30 pm today in connection with the School Service Commission recruitment related scam case. However, Chatterjee immediately moved the Division Bench of the High Court and the Division Bench issued an interim stay on the order till tomorrow, allowing a temporary protection to Chatterjee. The CBI is investigating all SSC recruitment scam related cases.

The single-judge bench of Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay in the afternoon clearly observed that the Trinamool minister (who had held the Education portfolio earlie) cannot go to government-run SSKM hospital or any other hospital before heading to the CBI office. It is pertinent to mention that Birbhum District President Anubrata Mondal, while heading to CBI office this week, headed towards SSKM and got admitted. Mondal was summoned in connection with a multi-crore cow smuggling case by the CBI.

The Division Bench of Subrata Talukdar gave an interim stay on all proceedings of the Single Bench of the High Court and CBI investigations of all SSC related cases till tomorrow, including CBI interrogation and appearance of former Education Minister Partha Chatterjee before CBI. The Division bench will hear the matter tomorrow at 10.30 am.

The HC had earlier ordered a CBI investigation into alleged “irregularities” and recruitment scam in the Group D and assistant teacher recruitment process system of the School Education Department. Four members of the SSC committee were interrogated \by the central agency. The CBI has interrogated a deputy director of the school education directorate and also private secretary of Partha Chatterjee.

The issue has created furore in the political circles with BJP criticizing the ruling party. BJP National President Dilip Ghosh said that the state government cannot function on its own.

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