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Calcutta High Court hands over probe to CBI in ‘illegal’ appointment of teachers in schools

Calcutta High Court : The Calcutta High Court on Monday directed the CBI to probe the appointment of 269 teachers in government and aided primary schools in West Bengal who were alleged to have failed to clear the eligibility test. Passing the order, Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay directed the Secretary of the Board of Elementary Education Ratna Chakraborty Bagchi and Chairman Manik Bhattacharya to appear in the CBI office later.

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Justice Gangopadhyay directed the CBI to register a case and initiate investigation in connection with the alleged illegal appointments in primary schools.

The petitioner, who appeared in the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) in the year 2014, has alleged that out of around 23 lakh candidates, 269 candidates were given an extra ‘one’ mark for a wrong question. The court directed that the salaries of these teachers teaching in various schools in the state be withheld and they should not be allowed to enter their respective places of work.

Chakravarti Bagchi and Bhattacharya appeared before the CBI officials following the High Court’s direction and were interrogated for more than four hours.

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