West Bengal : Just like SSC Group-D, the Justice RK Bagh Committee submitted a report in the Kolkata High Court on Friday, exposing the big rigging in the appointment of Group-C. The report states that 381 Group C appointments are illegal. Out of these, 222 people did not even pass in the SSC examination. Now on May 18, a bench of Justices Subrata Talukdar and Anand Kumar Mukhopadhyay will pronounce the verdict in this matter.
Told the committee illegal
The five-member committee formed to maintain transparency in appointments has been termed as illegal by the Bagh Committee. The convener of the committee, Shanti Prasad Sinha, Soumitra Sarkar and Alok Kumar Saha have been made accused.
The Bagh Committee has said that 381 appointments to Group-C posts are illegal. These appointments were made after the term of the panel ended on May 18, 2019. Out of these, 222 such appointments have taken place. In which the job seekers did not pass the SSC exam of the year 2017. He was not even called for counseling. Still he got the job.
Change in list name
The Justice Bagh Committee has said in the report that Shanti Prasad Sinha, Soumitra Sarkar and Alok Kumar Saha had changed the panel list and changed the names of the successful candidates included in the panel. The report has recommended to the court that investigation should be started by registering an FIR against them like forgery and conspiracy.
Sinha used to recommend appointment
The report said that Shanti Prasad Sinha used to recommend these appointments to the chairman of the Board of Secondary Education, Kalyan May Gangopadhyay. Kalyan used to send appointment letters to Shanti Prasad Sinha. There was a nexus of both in this rigging.
The officers of the zonal office should also be investigated
The Bagh Committee has also suggested to initiate investigation against the officials of the zonal offices of SSC. The committee has said that on November 1, 2019, the five-member committee formed by the then Education Minister Partha Chatterjee to monitor the appointments was illegal.
Relief to minister
However, the committee has not recommended any legal action against the Education Minister Partha Chatterjee. The committee has said that it was Shanti Prasad Sinha who had distributed the appointment letters from the SSC office. Forged digital signatures of SSC Chairman were used.
11 officers name involved in board corruption
The report of the Bagh Committee states that Samarjit Acharya – Programming Officer – School Service Commission, Kalyanmoy Gangopadhyay – Chairman – Board of Secondary Education, Soumitra Sarkar – President, School Service Commission, Ashok Kumar Saha – Secretary – School Service Commission, Chaitali Bhattacharya and Rajesh Laek- Technical officers were involved in board corruption.
According to the report, FIR can be registered against Soumitra Sarkar, Ashok Kumar Saha, Kalyanmoy Gangopadhyay, Shanti Prasad Sinha and Samarjit Acharya.
Apart from this, the Bagh Committee has recommended a departmental inquiry against Subiresh Bhattacharya, Chaitali Bhattacharya, Sharmila Mitra, Mahua Vishwas, Shubhajit Chattopadhyay and Sheikh Sirajuddin. The division bench upheld the interim stay order in the SSC recruitment case. The verdict in the case will be pronounced on May 18.