TET ‘scam’: CBI raids homes of WBBPE leader and predecessor

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday carried out searches at seven locations, including the West Bengal Board of Primary Education (WBBPE) office and the homes of its former presidents and outgoing presidents, here as part of of their ongoing investigation into alleged irregularities in the Primary Teacher Eligibility Test (TET).

According to CBI sources, detectives seized incriminating documents, electronic evidence and other documents during the searches.

A team of ten CBI detectives searched the home of former WBBPE chairman Manik Bhattacharya, who is also a ruling Trinamool Congressman, CBI sources said.

CBI sources said that not only Bhattacharya’s house, but one of the CBI teams, accompanied by CISF staff, was also carrying out a search operation at the home of the outgoing Chairman of the Board, Ratna Chakrabarty Bagchi, in the context of the case.

CBI officers are interacting with family members of Bhattacharya and Bagchi and carrying out necessary searches there, a CBI officer said.

According to sources, eight CBI teams comprising 50 members have been carrying out search operations at various locations in and around the city since Thursday morning.

The Calcutta High Court had ordered a CBI investigation into alleged corruption in the appointment of primary school teachers.

The court had ordered that, if necessary, the CBI could arrest the chairman of the primary education board and question him. Following the court order, Bhattacharya went to the CBI office and was questioned for approximately three and a half hours.

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At a hearing in the case on June 21, the High Court ordered Bhattacharya to provide details of all of his assets within two weeks. Bhattacharya moved to the division bench to challenge the single bench directive. Now the case is being heard by the division bench.

On June 14, Judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay ordered the Central Investigation Agency to file an FIR and open an investigation into the council’s alleged illegal recruitment of teachers on the basis of the TFW in 2014.

The CBI had filed a case on June 9 against an accused and unknown members of the WBBPE office and other unknowns over allegations that a number of failed/ineligible candidates were illegally appointed as assistant teachers in primary schools by through the TET 2014.