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Bengal SSC scam: Minister’s daughter got government job after getting 61 number, 77 number out of merit…How did SSC scam happen in Bengal?


Kolkata: The West Bengal government is at present an alleged recruitment scam (Bengal SSC scam) seemed to be stuck badly. The committee of Justice Ranjit Baig has submitted its report on the scam in the recruitment of Group C and D in the School Education Department. In this, action has been recommended against four former and present officers of West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC). The CBI has also registered an FIR against five people in this case.

what is West Bengal SSC scam,
First let us understand what is this whole matter after all. The School Service Commission conducted the examination in the year 2016 for the recruitment to the teaching and non-teaching posts under the State Board of Secondary Education. Its result came on 27 November 2017. Babita Sarkar’s name was also in the top 20 in the result list. But later the commission canceled the list. After this, when the second list came, Babita’s name went in the waiting list. But the name of the daughter of Minister of State for Education Paresh Adhikari, who got 16 marks less than him, came to the top. The layer of scam started to unravel from here.

Babita’s father goes to the High Court. He claimed that despite scoring more marks than the officer’s daughter in the recruitment test, she was not given the job. The petitioner said that his daughter had got 77 numbers. But his daughter’s name did not figure in the merit list while the minister’s daughter who got less than 61 marks topped the list and got a job.

The court took cognizance of the matter and a committee was constituted under the chairmanship of Justice (Retd) Ranjit Kumar Bagh to investigate. The committee, in its report, had recommended prosecution of the then officials involved in the scam.

Babita Sarkar, who had approached the court against the alleged scam and the appointment of the minister’s daughter, is happy with the court’s decision.
He told reporters that the court’s decision is a relief. But will the government obey his order?

Complainant Babita Sarkar with her husband

How did the scam happen?
The officials involved in the scam tried to execute this rigging with great cunning. Investigation revealed that the officials asked selected candidates to apply for RTI for their OMR answer sheets and apply for revaluation. He did the same. The officials then allegedly increased the marks of some candidates to place them in the merit and then manipulated the OMR sheets. He also allegedly made forged marks to bring unsuccessful candidates to the appointment list.

The OMR sheet was reportedly destroyed after the marks were changed. “Basically, RTI was used as a weapon to inflate the scores of some candidates,” said Arunav Banerjee, a committee member and counsel for the HC.

According to a report in Indian Express, Program Officer Samarjeet Acharya prepared 381 recommendation letters for unsuccessful Group C candidates at the behest of a former WBSSC advisor. Of these, about 250 were not even in the merit list. Similarly, in Group D, the rules were thrown out in favor of 609 unsuccessful candidates. Fake recommendation letters were given to WBBSE President Ganguly in four-five times. Ganguly instructed to prepare the appointment letter on the basis of these letters. He did not even send these letters to the appointments section of the board bypassing the process.

Case on former and present officers
The Justice (Retd) Ranjit Bagh Committee, which probed the alleged scam in the recruitment of Group C and Group D posts in the School Education Department, recommended action against four West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC) officers, former and present and one senior. is of. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday registered a fresh FIR against the five on the basis of the committee’s report alleging criminal conspiracy against an education department official. In this case, the CBI has questioned the State Education Minister Paresh Adhikari once before.

In its report to the Calcutta High Court on May 12, based on the committee’s report, the former chairpersons of WBSSC have recommended criminal proceedings against Prof. Soumitra Sarkar and Ashok Kumar Saha, former advisor of the organisation, Dr Shanti Prasad Sinha, Program Officer Samarjit Acharya and West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) Chairman Dr Kalyanmoy Ganguly were recommended to be booked.

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Taking into account the recommendations of the committee, the CBI has registered a case against Sarkar, Saha, Sinha and Ganguly under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. It has also invoked IPC sections 465 (forgery), 417 (cheating), 468 (forgery with intent to defraud) and 34 (acts done by several persons with common intention) against Sinha and Acharya.

Responding to the allegations against him, Soumitra Sarkar told The Indian Express that I have not yet seen the report of the Bagh Committee. Due to court order we had to publish the panel after termination. But I don’t know how the names of the new candidates came in the list. Denying the allegations, Ganguly said that the board has no right to make recommendation letters. It basically worked as a post office. We got recommendation letters and we distributed them as per the rules. I don’t know anything more than that. When the court asked the government that you have your signature on the appointment letters, how did they happen. To this he replied that he does not know whose sign these are.

ankita adhikari

Ankita Adhikari

Minister’s daughter will return 41 months salary
The court has declared the appointment of Education Minister Paresh Adhikari’s daughter Ankita Adhikari as a school teacher illegal. The court has also ordered that 41 months’ salary should be recovered from Ankita in two installments. In this case, the CBI is also continuously interrogating former Education Minister Partha Chatterjee.

The round of accusations intensifies
The opposition has started attacking the government regarding this scam in the state. The opposition has demanded the resignation of two ministers of the government. On the other hand, Mamja Banerjee targeted the Center as usual and said that the government is misusing the ED and CBI. Amid the controversy, West Bengal School Service Commission chairman Siddharth Majumdar resigned from his post on Wednesday. Regarding this matter, Mamta said that if someone has done something wrong then the law will take its own course. But this should not be misrepresented. On the other hand, BJP state president Sukant Majumdar and CPM leader Sujan Chakraborty have said that both the ministers, who are facing allegations of alleged involvement in the scam, should resign immediately.

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