Group-D appointments in schools: Government moves High Court bench against CBI probe

The state government on Tuesday challenged a single bench order of a CBI probe into the appointment of Group D staff in government schools through the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) on alleged recommendations in a division bench of the Calcutta High Court. By West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC).

On Monday, Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay passed the order while hearing a petition filed by some job aspirants, claiming that the said appointments were made after the exhaustion of the panel constituted for recruitment to Group D posts in government schools. She was

The single-judge bench directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the alleged irregularities and submit a report by December 21. The court said it will pass further orders after the central agency submits the preliminary inquiry report.

Challenging the order, the Trinamool Congress government on Tuesday moved a division bench of Justice Harish Tandon and Justice Rabindranath Samant. The matter has been accepted and is likely to come up for hearing on Wednesday.

The petitioners had placed before the court a list of 25 such appointments which they claimed were illegally recruited. He later claimed that over 500 additional such appointments were made.

The WBBSE, in its affidavit before the court, had claimed that all the appointments were made on the basis of the recommendations of the SSC.

But the commission submitted an affidavit stating that after May 4, 2019, no recommendation letter was issued by it as the panel constituted for Group D recruitment had expired.