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SSC scam: CBI arrests NBU Vice-Chancellor, ED files chargesheet

Kolkata, Sep 19 (UNI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday arrested North Bengal University Vice-Chancellor Subires Bhattacharyya in connection with the School Service Commission (SSC) recruitment scam in West Bengal, the federal probe agency said.

Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a 172-page chargesheet before a city court relating to the scam, claiming that the total seizure of cash and immovable property so far was above Rs 103 crores.

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Bhattacharya, a former chairperson of the West Bengal School Service Commission, was summoned for interrogation earlier in the day to the CBI office at Nizam Palace as it emerged during the investigation that he had played a role in the scam, the source claimed. He had been quizzed earlier too. “During the questioning, it was found that he was not cooperating. So, he was arrested,” the source said.

In an evening media release, the CBI said Bhattacharya was allegedly involved in the “manipulation of scores of various candidates” before the preparation of the panel. “…the accused in conspiracy with others, had allegedly obtained undue advantage for facilitating the illegal appointment of assistant teachers in Class IX and X (from among) undeserving and unlisted candidates for appointment in various schools across West Bengal,” it said.

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