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Admission cards, list of candidates in the house of Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee: ED in court

A LIST of 48 candidates with registration numbers for the posts of primary school teacher; documents relating to the appointment of Group D personnel, including admission cards for recruitment tests; and, a list of candidates under the header of a former TMC MP.

These are among the documents believed to have been recovered from the home of West Bengal’s Minister of Industry and Commerce, Partha Chatterjee, by the Law Enforcement Directorate (ED) during searches carried out on 22 July in part of the public school jobs scam, according to court records obtained by The Indian Express. .

Chatterjee, who is also general secretary of the ruling TMC, was arrested in the case by the ED on July 23. He was the state’s education minister when the alleged scam took place in 2016.

Explained: What is a teacher recruitment scam in West Bengal and why HC ordered a CBI investigation

The Kolkata High Court on Thursday ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation into alleged irregularities in the recruitment of teachers to public schools through the State Level Selection Test (SLST).

This comes months after allegations of corruption in the recruitment of Group C and Group D employees to West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) secondary and higher schools.

What are the alleged scams?

Notification for the appointment of teachers in West Bengal Government Schools through SLST was issued in 2014 and the recruitment process started in 2016. However, a series of petitions were filed in the High Court of Calcutta alleging anomalies in the recruitment process. The petitioners alleged that many candidates who scored lower ranked high on the merit list. There were also allegations that some candidates, who were not even on the merit list, received nomination letters.

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