West Bengal recruitment scandal: CBI files FIR against Minister Paresh Adhikari

The CBI on Thursday lodged an FIR against West Bengal Minister Paresh Chandra Adhikari for failing to meet the deadline set by the Calcutta High Court to appear before his judge in a case of illegal recruitment of his daughter as a teacher in a state. Government-aided schools, an official said.

The official, who is also the state minister for education, along with his daughter, was sued under sections 420 (fraud and dishonesty) of the IPC and 120B (criminal conspiracy) in addition to the section of the Prevention of Corruption Act, agency officials said.

“As per the order of the Calcutta High Court, the minister was supposed to appear before our officers by 3 pm, but he did not do so. We have lodged an FIR against him and his daughter, ”he said.

On Thursday, the High Court initially directed the officer to appear before the CBI by 3 pm, but his lawyer submitted that he was in Kochbihar and would fly to Kolkata in the evening. Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay then asked the Bidhannagar police to take him to the CBI office as soon as he landed at NSC Bose Airport.

The court further said that if the owner is found missing on the flight, it will be treated as a fraud created by him to escape from the court and CBI and in that case the matter will be dealt with accordingly.

According to the CBI official, Adhikari had mailed the agency, asking for more time to appear before his spies.

“He has written to us asking for more time to appear before the officers about the ongoing investigation. We are ready to interrogate him, “he added.

The court initially directed the minister to appear before the CBI on May 17, in a note of the application claiming that the owner’s daughter had been appointed as a teacher, though the score was lower than that of the petitioner.

The TMC leader, however, did not appear on Wednesday. He could not fulfill the time limit of 3 pm given by the court on Thursday.

(With PTI input)

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