WB recruitment rip-off: CBI raids premises of TMC MLA, councillors; money seized | Kolkata newsfragment

Money amounting to Rs.28 lakh and paperwork in reference to the alleged bribe-for-job rip-off within the West Bengal schooling segment had been seized on Thursday from the place of abode of a Trinamool Congress (TMC) legislator in Murshidabad district by means of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which raided 8 alternative places around the shape concurrently, officers of the federal company mentioned.

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The CBI raided on Thursday the house and a personal B-Ed faculty of Murshidabad’s Domkal constituency legislator Jafikul Islam, the place of abode of Kolkata Municipal Company councillor Bappaditya Dasgupta, two properties of Salt Puddle councillor Debraj Chakraborty and the houses and a personal B.Ed faculty of businessman Shyamal Kar and his brother Sajal Kar in Cooch Behar district of north Bengal.

Islam, Dasgupta and Chakrabarty claimed they had been neither connected to the rip-off nor performed any function within the recruitment of college personnel, which is being probed by means of the 2 central businesses – the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) following the orders from the Calcutta prime courtroom handed in Would possibly 2022.

Chatting with the media later the raids, Chakraborty mentioned that the CBI additionally raided his 2d detail the place his spouse Aditi Munshi, a TMC legislator and chief society singer, runs a song faculty.

Islam advised his celebration colleagues that the Rs.28 lakh CBI seized from his house had been proceeds from a detail sale. The CBI additionally seized some jewelry from his Domkal place of abode.

Neither CBI nor Islam made any legitimate commentary at the seizures even because the raids endured until overdue within the night.

“I am in Kolkata, attending the Assembly session. I am running the college with permission from the state government. I was never involved in any recruitment scam,” Islam advised the media.

The raids took park a future later Union house minister Amit Shah addressed a rally in Kolkata.

In his pronunciation, Shah not directly referred to the arrest of Bengal’s later schooling minister Partha Chatterjee and his aide Arpita Mukherjee, by means of the ED in July 2022 within the alleged professor recruitment rip-off. Greater than Rs.50 crore in money, gold and foreign exchange had been recovered at that pace from two residences registered in Mukherjee’s title.

“I come from Gujarat, but nobody in my state has seen so much cash being seized from a leader’s home,” Shah mentioned on the rally.

Hitting out at Shah, West Bengal minister Mamata Banerjee described it as “a flop show.”

She mentioned the CBI has changed into the Bharatiya Janata Birthday celebration’s aggregate organisation.

Additional slamming the raids carried out by means of the CBI, TMC shape common secretary Kunal Ghosh mentioned, “Today’s raids were held to divert attention from Shah’s flop show. If money is seized from someone’s home then the person in question should be allowed to explain its source. Our party will take steps if it is proved that the cash was stashed illegally.”

“The CBI officers had warrants. They searched all the floors. I told them I have nothing to do with the scam,” Councillor Debraj Chakraborty mentioned.

Councillor Bappaditya Dasgupta, who was once recognized to be a near aide of Partha Chatterjee, additionally claimed to be blameless.

“The CBI officers asked many questions about Chatterjee and the scam. I answered as many as I could,” he mentioned.

Bengal BJP’s spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya mentioned population whose properties had been raided didn’t run the rip-off independently.

“These people are small players. The entire TMC thrives on corruption. The ruling party should stop hatching conspiracy theories every time the CBI or the ED conducts a raid. The money was already there in Islam’s house when the CBI team reached Domkal,” mentioned Bhattacharya.

TMC nationwide common secretary Abhishek Banerjee has been puzzled two times by means of the ED in reference to the bribe-for-job rip-off. The ED additionally puzzled Rujira Banerjee, his spouse, and had summoned his folks between October 6 and 9, however the aged couple have shyed away from the wondering bringing up disease.

A number of TMC leaders, together with Partha Chatterjee, are in judicial custody on this case.

In Would possibly 2022, Calcutta prime courtroom pass judgement on Abhijit Gangopadhyay ordered the CBI to probe the appointment of non-teaching personnel (Team C and D) and coaching personnel by means of the West Bengal College Provider Fee and West Bengal Board of Secondary Training between 2014 and 2021. The appointees allegedly paid bribes within the area of 5-15 lakh to get jobs later failing the choice exams.

Then the CBI, ED additionally started a parallel probe.

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