HC ‘no’ for interim stay on CBI probe, asks all parties to present their arguments

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday refused to grant an interim stay on a single judge-bench order for a CBI probe into the alleged primary teacher recruitment scam in the state and directed all the parties in the case to submit their arguments in the form of affidavits. ,

On June 13, a single-judge bench of Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay ordered a CBI inquiry into the recruitment of primary teachers by the West Bengal Board of Primary Education (WBBPE) in 2014 and also ordered immediate cancellation of the appointments of 269 candidates. Seeking an interim stay on the CBI probe, the WBPEE had on June 16 moved a division bench of Justices Subrata Talukdar and Lapita Banerjee.

Senior advocate Kishor Dutta, appearing for the board, submitted that 269 candidates who benefited from the practice in the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) 2014 were given one mark for a wrong question, while more than 20 lakh examinees were not given one. . As there is no additional consequence for them.

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They submitted before the bench that those who scored above the cut-off or at least two marks were not given additional marks as it did not help them in any way. The division bench, however, questioned why the additional marks were credited only to select candidates whose appointments were earlier quashed by a single-judge bench of Justice Gangopadhyay.

The court has fixed the next hearing of the matter on June 30.

—with PTI input