Paresh Adhikary moves court on CBI probe, hearing awaited

The court had asked him to face CBI probe regarding his daughter's appointment.

A division bench of the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday did not hear the appeal for a stay from West Bengal junior education minister Paresh Adhikary on the court’s earlier verdict asking the CBI to probe a case against him.

On Tuesday, the Calcutta High Court had asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe into the appointment of Ankita Adhikari, daughter of Paresh Adhikary, for the post of teacher in a state-run school in Mekhligunj. The court had asked the minister of the Mamata Banerjee government to be physically present before the CBI officers on Tuesday itself. The court has also asked chief minister Mamata Banerjee and governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to consider removing Adhikary as a minister.

The court – under Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay – had asked for the opinion of the School Service Commission (SSC) chairperson. Adhikary – who was earlier minister in the former Left Front government and was with the Forward Bloc party – later joined Trinamool Congress. The appointment of his daughter took place in 2018.

On Wednesday, Paresh Adhikary arrived in Kolkata from north Bengal, and moved the division bench. With the division bench not hearing his appeal, the file has now reportedly moved to the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court. Hearing on the appeal being pending, it is not yet clear whether Adhikary will face the CBI right away or wait for the hearing to take place.

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