HC reserves judgment on government counter-pleadings – Edexlive

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Calcutta High Court | (Photo: PTI)

A divisional bench of the Calcutta High Court has reserved judgment on appeals filed by the West Bengal government and others challenging orders from a single bench which led a CBI investigation into the recruitment scam teachers from the WB school. There were allegations of irregularities in the recruitment of teachers to state-sponsored and aided primary schools earlier this year.

The appeals were heard on July 19, Tuesday. They were filed by the state government, the Board of Primary Education and others involved in the case. The appeals were filed against Judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay’s earlier order to institute a CBI investigation into the nominations of 269 candidates, who received an additional point, according to a PTI report.

A Division Bench consisting of Judges Subrata Talukdar and Lapita Banerji reserved judgment in the appeals after the conclusion of the appellants’ and petitioner’s arguments. Earlier, Judge Gangopadhyay also terminated the service of a primary school teacher and asked her to return her salary.

During oral argument, the West Bengal Primary School Education Board admitted before the division bench that there had indeed been discrimination, as all the candidates who sat for the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) in 2014 did not did not get an extra mark for a bad question. , while claiming there was no criminality involved, according to PTI.

There were over 20 lakh candidates who sat for the TET exam in 2014 and several of them had filed a petition with the High Court over the alleged discrepancy. One of the petitioners, an aggrieved candidate, argued that a proper investigation is needed to reveal the reasons and criteria for awarding the extra point. A CBI investigation into this is ongoing.

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