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Bengal junior minister reaches CBI office for questioning

Kolkata, May 19 (UNI): West Bengal Minister of State for School Education Paresh Chandra Adhikari arrived CBI office at Nizam Palace at around 7.30 PM straight from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport for questioning in connection with the alleged illegal appointment of his daughter as a teacher in a government-sponsored school.

Earlier, the Calcutta High Court ordered the Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate to be at the city airport this evening so that Adhikari could be escorted directly to the CBI office. The CBI also filed an FIR against the minister and his daughter Ankita Adhikari for non-cooperation in the questioning following a high court order.

Single bench judge justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay, after hearing a petition filed by one Babita Sarkar, who alleged that the minister daughter got teaching job despite being below of her rank in the merit list, had asked the minister to appear before the CBI at NIzam Palace at 8 pm on Tuesday.

The minister, however, went incommunicado. He was seen taking a train on Tuesday from North Bengal and arriving in Burdhaman the next morning. The judge again directed the minister to be at the CBI office by 3 pm on Thursday. When the court was told that the minister was in Cooch Behar and it would take time to report at the CBI office, the judge relaxed the timing.

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