Kolkata: A division bench of the Calcutta High Court stayed a single bench order which directed West Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee to appear before the CBI by 5.30 pm Tuesday. Partha Chatterjee has been asked to appear before the CBI in connection with alleged irregularities in appointment of assistant teachers in state government-aided schools. The division of the high court bench stayed the order till Wednesday morning.
Chatterjee was the West Bengal Education Minister when the alleged appointments were made. He was directed by Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay to appear before the CBI at its office in Nizam Palace here. Chatterjee is now the Industry, Commerce and Parliamentary Affairs Minister of the Mamata Banerjee cabinet.
Taking up a verbal appeal by lawyers representing the West Bengal government, a division bench comprising Justice Subrata Talukdar and Justice Ananda Kumar Mukherjee passed an interim stay on the single bench order till Wednesday morning. It will then hear the matter again.
The division bench order means that Chatterjee will not have to appear Tuesday evening before the CBI as per the single bench direction.
Justice Gangopadhyay, earlier in the day, directed Chatterjee to appear before the CBI in connection with a petition that alleged irregularities in appointment of assistant teachers. The order came in the petition by an aspirant for the post, Abdul Gani Ansari, his lawyer Firdous Shamim said.
The high court division bench said that since the order of the single bench had not yet been uploaded on the website of the, the interim stay was being given till Wednesday morning without naming anyone in its order.
On earlier orders of Justice Gangopadhyay, former advisor to West Bengal School Service Commission SP Sinha is facing a CBI probe in connection with the alleged irregularities in appointments of teaching and non-teaching staff in government-aided schools in the state.
Justice Gangopadhyay had, in a petition over alleged illegal appointments, directed four of a five-member committee to appear before the CBI in connection with alleged irregularities in the recruitment process.
The panel was constituted by the West Bengal School Education Department in November, 2019 for monitoring pending recruitments of teaching and non-teaching staff in government-aided schools. The committee was headed by Sinha and the other four members were S Acharya, PK Bandopadhyay, AK Sarkar and T Panja.