Bengal education minister faces CBI questioning over daughter’s ‘illegal’ appointment as teacher

The Minister of State for Education in West Bengal, Paresh Chandra Adhikari, Friday morning arrived at the CBI office here for questioning over the illegal appointment of his daughter as a teacher in a government-supported school.

The Central Agency on Thursday filed the FIR against Adhikari after he failed to meet the deadline set by the Calcutta High Court to appear before investigators in connection with the case.

Adhikari was booked with his daughter under IPC Sections 420 (Fraud and Misrepresentation) and 120 B (Criminal Conspiracy), along with sections under the Corruption Prevention Act.

Adhikari came to the CBI office around 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition by a female candidate who claimed that she was denied the position despite having scored higher than Adhikari’s daughter in the recruitment examination.

On Thursday, the court had ordered Adhikari to appear before the CBI by 3pm, but his lawyer confirmed that he was in Kochbhar in North Bengal and would travel to Kolkata by air in the evening. Then Judge Abhijit Gangupadhyay asked the Bidhanagar Police to take him to the CBI office as soon as he lands at the NSC Bose airport here.

The court also said that if Adhikari is found missing on the flight, it will be treated as a ploy created by him to escape from the court and the CBI, in which case, the matter will be dealt with accordingly.

She had earlier ordered the minister to appear before the Central Bank of Iraq on May 17. However, the TMC leader skipped the appearance on Wednesday, and also failed to meet the deadline set by the court of 3 pm on Thursday.

He had mailed to the Central Bank of Iraq requesting more time to appear before him for questioning.

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