The Calcutta High Court has directed State Minister for Education Paresh Chandra Adhikari to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on charges of employing his daughter as a teacher in a state government-aided school in Kochbihar.
The order was issued on the plea of candidate Babita Sarkar, who claimed that she was deprived of her job even though she got higher marks than the minister’s daughter in the teacher recruitment test.
Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay directed the minister to appear before the CBI authorities in Kolkata by Tuesday evening.
The Minister is a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Mekhliganj Center, Kochbihar.
Petitioner’s lawyer Firdaus Shamim claimed that the government got 77 marks in the examination and the minister’s daughter got 61 marks and her name was not in the merit list, but she was deprived and appointed as a teacher.
Justice Gangopadhyay had earlier directed a CBI probe into allegations of irregularities in the recruitment of teachers and non-teaching staff in state government-aided schools.
With input from PTI.
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