CBI interrogates Bengal edu minister for four hours on illegal appointment of daughter as school teacher

Calcutta High Court has dismissed Ankita Adhikari from her job in a government-aided school and asked her to return the salary she had drawn during her 41-month tenure as a teacher.

Adhikari has submitted documents which he had brought with him.
Adhikari has submitted documents which he had brought with him.

According to an official of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the investigating agnecy has interrogated West Bengal minister Paresh Adhikari for four hours on the third consecutive day and asked questions about the illegal appointment of his daughter Ankita as a primary school teacher.

The minister had reached the CBI office around 10.35 am with a file, which sources close to him said contained several important documents related to the appointment. He has submitted documents which he had brought with him.

During the interrogation he was asked to give names of all those who had helped him in getting his daughter’s appointment as a primary teacher.

“He was asked about the various calls he had made from his mobile phone regarding his daughter Ankita’s appointment. He was also asked to write down the names of all those whom he had approached for the purpose,” the official said. Like in the earlier grilling sessions, the entire interrogation process was videographed, he added.

Calcutta High Court has dismissed Ankita Adhikari from her job in a government-aided school and asked her to return the salary she had drawn during her 41-month tenure as a teacher.

CBI sources said that the central agency’s sleuths may call Ankita Adhikari for questioning next week. The Mekliganj MLA was questioned for over nine hours on Friday and nearly four hours on Thursday night by the central agency in connection with the appointment of his daughter as a teacher on the complaint of a candidate who scored more in the qualifying examination but did not get a job.

With inputs from PTI.

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