Calcutta HC sacks education minister’s daughter, asks her to return salary

Minister of State for Education Paresh Chandra Adhikary's daughter, Ankita Adhikary was employed as a teacher at a government-aided school

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A petition was filed by a candidate, Babita Sarkar, at the Calcutta High Court, claiming that her candidature was set aside in favour of the candidature of Ankita Adhikary, the daughter of Minister of State for Education Paresh Chandra Adhikary.

The petitioner claimed that she had scored better than Adhikary’s daughter in the recruitment exam and alleged that despite performing better, the Minister’s daughter had been appointed in her stead, as a political science teacher. While Sarkar had scored 77 marks in the qualifying test, Adhikary had allegedly scored only 61.

Following the filing of the petition the Calcutta High Court dismissed Adhikary’s daughter and directed that she return the salary she had been paid during her tenure, starting November 2018. However, the HC allowed her to return the salary for 41 months, in two instalments.

Adhikary had been teaching classes 11 and 12 at Mekhliganj Indira Girls High School.

The single-judge bench comprising Justice Avijit Gangopadhyay has instructed Ankita Adhikary to return the first instalment to the High Court Registrar on 7 June 2022, while the second instalment will have to be paid on 7 July, 2022.

The father and daughter were charged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under Sections 420 and 120-B for cheating and dishonesty, and criminal conspiracy, respectively. They were also charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act for her illegal appointment.

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