Kolkata: High Court orders CBI investigation for TET answer sheet destruction case
The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday ordered a CBI probe into the destruction of OMR answer sheets of candidates for the Teacher Eligibility Test in 2014.
The Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) candidates’ OMR answer sheets were purportedly destroyed, according to a Wednesday order from the Calcutta High Court. In response to a petition filed by some applicants who took the TET in 2014, the court also ordered Manik Bhattacharya, the former president of the West Bengal Board of Primary Education, to appear before the CBI by 8 pm in relation to the allegations of irregularities in the hiring of teachers.
Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay directed that in case Bhattacharya fails to appear before the CBI by the given time, the agency can take him in custody for interrogation. Justice Gangopadhyay directed the CBI to investigate the alleged irregularities in the destruction of OMR answer sheets of candidates for recruitment of primary teachers on the allegation that the primary education board had got these destroyed without following the statutory process.
Around 20 lakh candidates appeared for the TET 2014, following which recruitment of primary teachers was done in 2016 and 2020. Bhattacharya was the president of the board during the period. The high court had in June ordered the removal of Bhattacharya from the post of primary board president, after which the state government replaced him.
Bhattacharya is also an MLA of the ruling Trinamool Congress.
The Supreme Court also stayed the direction of the single-judge bench of the high court summoning Principal Secretary, School Education Department, Manish Jain before it on Friday in relation to the filing of the fresh application by the West Bengal Central SSC