West Bengal : Central probe agency Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday raided the houses of two West Bengal ministers in connection with irregularities in recruitment of teachers and non-teaching staff in government schools.
In the capital Kolkata, the ED has raided the residence of senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and state Industries and Commerce Minister Partha Chatterjee. Apart from Partha Chatterjee, raids are also going on at the premises of Bengal Minister of State for Education Paresh Adhikari. Officials said raids were conducted at at least 13 places across the state.
One ED team reached Partha Chatterjee’s house in South Kolkata for the raid, while another team reached the premises of Paresh Chandra Adhikari’s house in Cooch Behar, North Bengal.
An ED official said, “A total of 13 teams of about 90 ED officials are conducting raids at 13 places in different areas of the state. Each team has women members and 13 teams of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) during their raids. We are with them to ensure safety.”
It is being told that the ED team suddenly reached the raid site without informing the local police. Let us inform that the ED had started investigation after registering two FIRs in this case last month. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is simultaneously probing the scam.
CBI is probing irregularities in recruitment of Group-C, D staff and teachers in government-sponsored and aided schools on the recommendations of the West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) as directed by the Calcutta High Court and earned in the ED scam. Trying to track down money.
CBI has questioned Partha Chatterjee and Paresh Adhikari many times in this case
Paresh Adhikari’s daughter was also named in this case. The Calcutta High Court had annulled the appointment of Paresh Chandra Adhikari’s daughter as a teacher in a government-aided school and directed her to return the entire salary received during her 41 months of service. He was dismissed from his post because he was appointed in violation of all the norms even though his name was not in the merit list.