Kolkata, June 2 (). Justice Biswajit Basu of the Calcutta High Court on Friday sought a detailed report from the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) on the recruitment of 67 secondary teachers currently teaching in various government schools without appointment letters. These cases came to the notice of the CBI during the investigation of the school recruitment scam.
The CBI on Friday presented in the court a list of 67 teachers whose appointment letters are still lying with the WBBSE office. Expressing surprise over this, Justice Basu said the CBI revelations could open a new chapter in the alleged teacher recruitment scam.
The CBI should inform the court about its stand in the matter, he said.
Thereafter, he directed the WBBSE to submit a detailed report on this count to the court at the earliest.
Meanwhile, conflicting figures on the number of recommendations for appointments made in 2020 by the WBBSE and the West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC) were submitted to the court. WBSSC quoted a figure of 186 while WBBSE quoted a figure of 175. Documents related to the recommendation letters of 52 persons are missing from the WBBSE office.
Several former top officials of both WBBSE and WBSSC are currently in judicial custody for their alleged involvement in the multi-crore teacher recruitment scam.
Former state education minister Partha Chatterjee is also behind bars for over 300 days in the same case.
The CBI is also probing the role of some other officials of both WBSSC and WBBSE in this connection. In such a situation, the case of getting a job without an appointment letter will definitely open a new aspect for the investigators.