The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday arrested former West Bengal Board of Secondary Education president Kalyanmoy Ganguly in an alleged 2018 non-teaching staff recruitment scam in the state, PTI reported.
Ganguly was arrested after CBI officials questioned him for six hours on Thursday. The central agency had filed an initial informational report on May 20 against Ganguly and four other members of the School Service Commission on charges of forgery, deception and criminal conspiracy.
Ganguly was arrested after investigators found a discrepancy between his statements and the recorded statements of two School Service Commission officials – former chairman of the advisory committee Santi Prasad Sinha and former secretary Ashok Kumar Saha – reported The Times of India.
The CBI had arrested Sinha and Saha on August 10.
Ganguly has been accused of giving orders to issue false nomination letters while Sinha and Saha manipulated the ranks of candidates selected in the state-level selection test. The Times of India.
A commission appointed by the Supreme Court of Calcutta, headed by retired Judge Ranjit Kumar Bagh, said in its May report that at least 609 illegal appointments to the posts of Group D workers, 381 to administrative posts and a number yet to be determined. Posts for assistant teachers for grades 9 and 10 at government sponsored and supported schools took place in West Bengal between 2019 and 2020.
The Commission for Recruiting Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff in State Schools was established by the former Minister of Education of West Bengal, Partha Chatterjee, following the expiration of the Panel of the School Service Commission on May 18, 2019.
The Trinamool Congress leader, along with his aide Arpita Mukherjee, was arrested on July 23 by the Enforcement Directorate, which is investigating allegations of money laundering in the case.
The head of the West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata party, Sukanta Majumdar, said Ganguly’s arrest showed that the Trinamool Congress government was deeply corrupted, PTI reported.
“The Trinamool Congress may be trying to wash its hands, but the day is not far off when the top of the ruling party will sit behind the bar,” he said.
The Secretary General of the Trinamool Congress, Kunal Ghosh, said that since Ganguly was not part of the party, there is nothing political about the arrest. “The opposition parties can say what they want, [but] the TMC will never compromise with corruption,” Ghosh told PTI.