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Mamata Banerjee moves Supreme Court against Calcutta High Court order on school jobs for bribes scam

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The West Bengal Government under Mamata Banerjee have moved Apex Court challenging the April 22 order of the Calcutta High Court that directed the CBI to probe into alleged irregularities in Municipal recruitments.

As per the information, the High Court on the plea of Enforcement Directorate, took note of their findings during the probe into the school jobs for bribes scam.

The Enforcement Directorate had apprised the High Court about common agents in the scams.

The ED brought forth the information on how these agents were also involved in alleged illegalities in the recruitment of clerks, sweepers, peons, drivers, etc in various municipalities in West Bengal.

Calcutta High Court had cancelled the appointments of more than 4,800 undeserving candidates in the multi-crore recruitment scam.

It also cancelled appointment of about 4,853 undeserving candidates who had got jobs of teachers and non-teaching staff between 2014 and 2021 using fraudulent means.

As per the media report, the candidates had allegedly paid bribes to hike their scores and find a place in the merit list.

The list has name of Ankita Adhikari, who is daughter of former state minister Paresh Adhikari. The court has instructed her to return the salary, which she had drawn as a teacher.

The Central Bureau of Investigation which was earlier taking care of the case had told the court that there were more than 8,000 candidates who got jobs using fraudulent means.

The Enforcement Directorate is also running a parallel probe into the money laundering trail.

The AITC has come under severe attack after five of its leaders, including two legislators Partha Chatterjee and Manik Bhattacharya and youth wing leaders, have been arrested in connection with the scam. The ED has told the court that the scam may run up to Rs 350 crore.

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