Partha Chatterjee appears before CBI for the second time

West Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee today appeared before the FBI here for questioning in connection with its investigation of alleged irregularities in appointments to government-run schools assisted by the West Bengal School Services Commission.

Chatterjee, who was the education minister when the alleged illegal appointments were made, will be asked on Wednesday the same questions whose answers did not match those of advisory panel members regarding the fraud, a CBI officer told PTI.

Members of the advisory committee, set up by the West Bengal School Education Department in November 2019 to monitor the pending appointments of teachers and non-teachers in the schools, were questioned by CBI investigators earlier.

The officer said that the minister will also be asked questions about appointing the daughter of Minister of State for Education Paresh Adhikari as a primary school teacher.

We asked Chatterjee questions on Wednesday last week when he appeared before us but his answers did not match those of the advisory panel members. That is why we will ask him the same questions. He will also be asked questions regarding the appointment of Paresh Adhikari’s daughter as a teacher at a government-supported school. “We are trying to figure out the Chatterjee links to all of those,” the CBI officer said.

It was the second time Chatterjee, who is also the general secretary of Trinamool Congress, had been questioned by the Central Investigation Agency in connection with the fraud, which escalated into a major controversy in the state.

He had appeared before the CBI on May 18 for questioning over the fraud after the Calcutta High Court upheld his orders with the orders of a single court which directed the CBI to investigate the alleged illegal appointments by the WBSSC.

He was interrogated for three and a half hours on his first appearance.

An official on Sunday said the CBI is also looking into alleged anomalies in appointments to Group C positions in government-backed schools through the West Bengal Schools Services Commission.

Chatterjee, who is currently the Minister of Industry and Commerce, was directed to present himself before the CBI on Wednesday last week by Judge Abhijit Gangupadhyay of the Calcutta High Court.

He also directed all five members of the advisory committee to appear before the Central Bank of Iraq.

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