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Supreme Court puts interim stay on CBI probe against West Bengal officers as 26,000 teachers lose jobs

The top court put an interim stay on the CBI probe into the allegations of School Service Commission teachers' recruitment till further orders.

Edited By: Ashesh Mallick @asheshmallick07 New Delhi Updated on: April 29, 2024 17:20 IST
Supreme Court, West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee
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The Supreme Court on Monday (April 29) put an interim stay on the CBI probe into the role of West Bengal government officials in an alleged teacher recruitment scam till further orders in a major relief to the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government. The top court set further May 6 for further hearing West Bengal government plea against the Calcutta High Court decision declaring the entire panel of 2016 School Service Commission teachers' recruitment null and void and canceling all appointments of teachers and non-teaching staff.

The West Bengal government had moved the Supreme Court challenging the Calcutta High Court order invalidating the appointment of 25,753 teachers and non-teaching staff made by the School Service Commission (SSC) in state-run and state-aided schools.

A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice JB Pardiwala and Justice Manoj Misra said it will hear the matter on May 6.

 

"We will stay the direction which says the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) will undertake further investigation against officials in the state government," the bench said.

What had Calcutta High Court said in the case?

Calcutta High Court had said the CBI would undertake further investigations with regard to the persons involved in the state government approving the creation of supernumerary post to accommodate illegal appointments. If necessary, the CBI will undertake custodial interrogation of such persons involved, it had said.

Challenging the order, the state government, in its appeal filed before the top court, said the high court cancelled the appointments "arbitrarily".

"The high court failed to appreciate the ramification of cancelling the entire selection process, leading to straightaway termination of teaching and non-teaching staff from service with immediate effect, without giving sufficient time to the petitioner state to deal with such an exigency, rendering the education system at a standstill," the plea said.

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