Common Knowledge That State Police Is Efficient But Controlled By Some Persons In Power And Cannot Act Freely: Calcutta High Court
The Calcutta High Court has ordered a CBI investigation into the alleged job scam involving primary school teachers in West Bengal.
While doing so, the Single bench of Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay has observed "the Police of this State is otherwise very efficient but controlled by some persons in power and cannot act freely which is common knowledge and without showing any disrespect to the Police authority I hold that CBI is the appropriate authority to investigate the matter."
Senior Advocate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, appeared for the petitioner whereas Senior Advocate Joydeep Kar appeared for the respondent-state.
It was alleged by the Petitioner that Upendra Nath Biswas, who was the Additional Director of CBI, has named one "Ranjan" in a Facebook post, who is in the business of selling job of primary school teachers. The petitioner has stated that the actual name of this 'Ranjan' is Chandan Mondal of Bagda, North 24 Parganas. It was also alleged that he had special tie up with the Minister Level, Education Department of Government of West Bengal.
The Court noted that serious allegation was made by the Ex-Additional Director of CBI, and termed it as a serious corrupt practice.
The Court while handing over the matter to CBI held that "I hold this aspect is to be thoroughly investigated by the CBI and such investigation is required to be started forthwith."
"CBI shall have every power to call and interrogate the said Chandan Mondal and it is expected that the erstwhile Additional Director, Mr. Upendra Nath Biswas will fully cooperate with the CBI to expose the scam of selling jobs as has been alleged. The CBI shall register a case in this regard and start investigation. CBI shall have every power to take into custody the said Chandan Mondal for interrogation if he does not cooperate with CBI," the court held further.
The Court directed that the status report of CBI shall be filed in a sealed cover. The Court has kept the matter on June 15.