Kolkata: The Enforcement Directorate landed in Kolkata and quizzed West Bengal minister and TMC leader Partha Chatterjee at his home regarding the School Service Commission (SSC) recruitment scam case.
Eight ED officials knocked on the door of Partha Chatterjee’s residence at around 8 am on Friday morning for questioning.
ED officials have also raided MoS education Paresh Adhikari’s residence in Cooch Behar district. He has to face a plethora of questions for hours by the CBI in connection with the SSC recruitment scam case.
The ED came into action on June 29, and ordered an inquiry into the corruption case in the recruitment of teachers and non-teaching staff for state government-aided schools. Regarding this matter, two FIRs have been registered by the probe agency.
It is suspected that two ministers are accused of taking bribes worth crores of rupees in the appointment of teachers recruited through the SSC. Several prominent people’s names have also been involved in the case.
The Calcutta High Court had earlier observed that the supervisory committee, approved by Partha Chatterjee, was the “origin” of the scam. The bench had given the order for the CBI probe into the scam.
However, the CBI questioned Chatterjee twice regarding the case, first on May 18 and again on May 25. During the interrogation, he informed the CBI that the committee was formed by him but had no control over it.