CBI arrests North Bengal University VC in teacher recruitment scam


Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation arrested Vice Chancellor Subires Bhattacharyya of the University of North Bengal in connection with a 2016 recruitment scam for teaching assistants in West Bengal.
The arrest came on Monday after the investigative agency called him for questioning at the CBI office in Kolkata and found him “uncooperative”, officials said. Bhattacharyya’s arrest comes after his residence and office were raided by the agency in August this year.
Bhattacharyya is also a former chairman of the School Service Commission (SSC) who is accused of involvement in irregularities in the appointment of teaching and non-teaching staff in the state, according to central agency sources.
He chaired the commission from 2014 to 2018.
The investigation was taken over by the CBI after instructions from the Calcutta High Court.
In addition, the Law Enforcement (ED) Directorate filed an indictment in a Kolkata court in connection with the recruitment scam.
Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on September 15 arrested the former chairman of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, Kalyanmoy Ganguly, for his alleged involvement in the Commission scam case. school services (SSC).
“It was alleged that the defendant gave an unfair advantage and, in conspiracy with others, facilitated the unlawful appointment of undeserving and unlisted candidates for Group C staff positions at various schools in the State of West Bengal,” read a CBI statement.
CBI registered the case in May this year.
On Thursday, CBI raided six locations in Delhi and Kolkata at the premises of a software company in connection with the West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) scam.
A special court in Kolkata had extended the custody of former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and his close aide Arpita Mukherjee until September 14 in connection with the School’s recruitment scam case. Service Commission (SSC).
On August 18, the Kolkata High Court had ordered the daughter of West Bengal TMC leader Anubrata Mondal, Sukanya Mondal, to produce her teacher eligibility test certificate in court.
She was appearing in court on a filed petition alleging that she had been recruited as a teacher without taking the TET exam.
Accused in this case, Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee were arrested in July in connection with the recruitment scam.
The Enforcement Directorate had raided several premises allegedly linked to Arpita Mukherjee in the scam.
The polling firm recovered cash worth around Rs 50 crore, foreign currency, jewelry and gold biscuits as part of its raids into the scam.
Chatterjee served as Education Minister from 2014 to 2021 in the Trinamool Congress government.
After Chatterjee’s arrest, he was removed from his cabinet post and suspended from the Trinamool Congress. (ANI)


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