HC orders dismissal of Bengal minister’s daughter from govt job, tells her to return salary

The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered the dismissal of Ankita Adhikari, daughter of West Bengal Minister Paresh Chandra Adhikari, from the position of assistant teacher at a government-supported school and asked her to return her full salary from the date of her enrollment.

It was alleged that the appointment of the Minister’s daughter was illegal because it was done through a merit list change.

The single panel of judges, Avijit Gangupadhyay, directed Ankita to return her salary since November 2018 in two installments. He also ordered her to file the first payment with the Registrar of the Supreme Court on June 7.

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Paresh Adhikari, Minister of State for School Education, Ankita on Thursday was booked by the CBI under Sections 420 (Fraud and Deception) and 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy) and under the Prevention of Corruption Act in relation to her appointment in HC orders.

Ankita teaches political science for grades 11 and 12 at Mekhliganj Indira Girls High School Indira Girls High School.

Firdous Shamim, the petitioner’s attorney, Babita Sarkar, said, “Ankita Azkari has to deposit 41 months’ salary in two installments to the Registrar on June 7 and July 7. Neither Ankita nor any of her relatives will be allowed to enter the school and workplace until the court issues a new order. Ankita She can’t even introduce herself as an assistant teacher.”

He claimed that the court had “allocated” the position held by Ankita to Babita Sarkar.

Babita Sarkar has filed a suit alleging that she was denied the post of assistant teacher despite her having scored higher than Ankita in the recruitment test. She was said to have scored 77 marks in the test, while the Minister’s daughter had 61 marks.

It’s a victory for the truth, said Babita. It was established that she did not get the job on merit. It was a long battle. When the merit list was first changed, I didn’t know who it was but wrote to the School Service Commission (SSC) about it.”

Grand Congress leader Adir Ranjan Chaudhry said: “The Supreme Court is instilling new hope among the people by giving them back their rights. Now it is proven that the Minister used his influence to secure a government job for his daughter. You will find such cases in every house of Congress leaders in Trinamool.”

Trinamool Congress spokesperson, Kunal Ghosh, said the party does not support any unethical practices. I do not wish to comment on the court order. But if something is true then it is true. He added that the Transitional Military Council does not support anything wrong or immoral.

Earlier today, the minister arrived at the CBI office for interrogation for the second time at Nizam Palace office in Kolkata. On Thursday, agency officials questioned him for more than five hours.

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