Calcutta HC directs WBBSE to stop salaries of 542 of its staff

Alleged hiring irregularities in the board which were brought to the attention of the Court have prompted the move

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A single bench of the Calcutta High Court has asked the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) to block salaries of 542 of the employees who are currently being investigated by the CBI for misappropriation in recruitment.

The CBI had filed an inquiry regarding the misappropriation in recruitment of Group D employees in the service and the division bench had stayed its inquiry. A division bench comprising Justice Harish Tandon and Justice Rabindranath Samanta had stayed the CBI’s probe into irregularities in the appointment of non-teaching staff for three weeks.

The Court had ordered the board and the state’s school service commission to submit the necessary documents related to the appointments to the Registrar General of the High Court by the end of court hours.

It had been brought to the Court’s attention that about 542 people had allegedly been recruited for the Group D cadre of WBBSE via panel recruitment even after it was cancelled back in May of 2019.

The judge has directed the board to investigate whether the people in question were actually hired after the discontinuation of the panel. If the allegations are found to be true, then the salaries of these employees will be stopped.

The court had earlier issued directives to the board to stop salaries of 25 Group D employees after irregularities in the recruitment process had come to light.

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