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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday questioned West Bengal Minister Paresh Chandra Adhikary in connection with an alleged illegal recruitment of his daughter as a teacher in 2018. He was questioned for about three hours at the office of the CBI on the 15th floor. from Nizam Palace here, before being released at 10:30 p.m., said a senior officer familiar with the development.

The central agency has also filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Adhikary, the Minister of State for Education, after he failed to meet the 3pm deadline set by the Calcutta High Court. to appear before his detectives. The minister, along with his daughter, were “reserved under sections 420 (cheating and dishonesty) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in addition to sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act”, said another CBI officer.

The central agency, following orders from the High Court, has investigated a number of cases where teaching and non-teaching staff were allegedly illegally appointed to schools following recommendations from the School Services Commission (SSC) of State.

The development comes a day after former education minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Partha Chatterjee was questioned by the federal agency over alleged irregularities in teacher recruitment and non-teaching staff in public and government-subsidized schools.

Chatterjee moved the Supreme Court on Thursday, challenging the High Court’s order that refused to grant him protection from CBI.

On Thursday, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were deployed to the SSC office in Kolkata following the order of High Court Judge Gangopadhyay on Wednesday evening. The court also ordered that no official be allowed to enter the SSC office before 1 p.m. Thursday. However, he changed the order and allowed some senior SSC officials, including its president and deputy secretary, to enter the building. As per the court order, CCTV footage from the SSC office on Wednesday was also shown to him.

Wednesday night’s order came after a petitioner raised concerns that evidence could be tampered with because the names of two ministers have been implicated in the case.

On May 17, the High Court initially ordered Adhikary to appear before the CBI the same day at 8 p.m., taking note of a motion that his daughter had been appointed as a teacher, despite scoring lower than that. of the applicant. Adhikary, however, did not appear before the federal agency.

On Thursday, the petitioner brought the same to the attention of the High Court, which ordered the Minister to appear before the CBI by 3pm. His lawyer said he was in Cooch Behar, North Bengal, and would fly to Kolkata in the evening. Judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay then instructed Bidhannagar Police to take him to the CBI office as soon as he landed at NSC Bose International Airport. The court also said that if Adhikary went missing during the robbery, it would be treated as a hoax created by him to evade the court and the CBI.

As the opposition attacked the ruling TMC, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee defended her government.

“If someone makes a mistake, they should have the opportunity to correct it. The law should be allowed to work,” Banerjee said while addressing party workers in Jhargram district on Thursday.

She also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of “defaming” her government. “BJP runs anarchy with central agencies. They slander Bengal because they could not win the (assembly) elections. Today, citizens have no rights. Every important institution has been filled with BJP people…” Banerjee said.

BJP spokesman Samik Bhattacharya, however, said: “The High Court ordered Adhikary to appear before CBI on Tuesday at 8 p.m. On Thursday, he was asked to appear before the agency before 3 p.m. We learned from the media that he did not show up. If CBI filed an FIR, they could comment on it. But we assume that everything was done according to the law.

State Congress leader and party MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said: “He should be sent to jail immediately. It’s a shame for the state that he hasn’t resigned so far.

In her address on Thursday, the Chief Minister warned her party leaders and workers against taking action if they were caught engaging in “nepotism” and “corruption”. She also attacked the former Left Front government in the state.

“Appointments and transfers were ordered on notepads under the Left Front government. I have all the information and I will expose everything. I’ve been good all these years. Don’t think decency is my weakness,” she said.

Reacting to her allegation, CPI(M) central committee member Sujan Chakraborty said: “Before finding the notes which she claims were issued by the Left Front government to give people jobs, the Minister chief should find out how Minister Paresh Adhikary disappeared. . We challenge it. It can set up a commission of inquiry against the Left Front.