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Bengal Edu Minister Faces CBI Questioning Over Daughter's 'Illegal' Appointment as Teacher, Cal HC Dismisses Her Job

The court had on Thursday directed Adhikari to appear before the CBI by 3 PM. (File photo: ANI)

The court had on Thursday directed Adhikari to appear before the CBI by 3 PM. (File photo: ANI)

Adhikari, along with his daughter, was booked under IPC sections 420 (cheating and dishonesty) and 120B (criminal conspiracy), besides sections under the Prevention of Corruption Act

West Bengal Minister of State for Education Paresh Chandra Adhikari on Friday morning reached the CBI office here for interrogation over alleged illegal appointment of his daughter as a teacher in a government-aided school. The central agency had on Thursday filed an FIR against Adhikari after he failed to meet the deadline set by the Calcutta High Court for appearance before its sleuths in connection with the case.

Adhikari, along with his daughter, was booked under IPC sections 420 (cheating and dishonesty) and 120B (criminal conspiracy), besides sections under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Adhikari came to the CBI office around 10.30 AM on Friday.

Calcutta High Court on Friday dismissed the employment of Adhikari’s daughter in a government-aided school and asked her to return the salary she had drawn during her tenure as a teacher. The single bench of Justice Avijit Gangopadhyay directed Ankita Adhikari to deposit the salary paid to her since November 2018 in two instalments with the registrar.

The high court was hearing a petition filed by a candidate who claimed that she was deprived of the position despite having secured higher marks than Adhikari’s daughter in the recruitment examination. Earlier in the day, the minister reached the CBI office here for interrogation over his daughter’s alleged illegal appointment.

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first published:May 20, 2022, 12:15 IST