A senior CBI officer on Saturday claimed that several officials in the Department of Education in West Bengal were involved in wrongdoing in the appointment of primary school teachers. The investigation so far found that there were cases where candidates were hired even after providing blank answer texts, with only their names and registration number given, he claimed.
“There are several officials and junior workers, including clerks, who have been found to be involved in wrongdoing in appointments to primary schools in West Bengal,” a CBI officer told PTI. “We found several blank answer sheets with only names and registration numbers written on them. It was claimed that these candidates were appointed at a later time. The officer claimed that transactions involving huge amounts of money between these officers and candidates occurred before the appointments were made, adding that the agency had uncovered evidence about that.
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The CBI is investigating allegations that primary teachers were illegally recruited in the state, on the direction of the Calcutta High Court. On Wednesday, the court asked the agency to investigate allegations of “sell” of elementary teacher jobs by a resident of North 24 Parganas. The agency has questioned former Education Minister Partha Chatterjee in the case. The court ordered the CBI to submit a status report on its investigation by the next hearing on June 15.
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