ED Files Prosecution Complaint Against 108 Entities in West Bengal Teacher Recruitment Scam

The Enforcement Directorate has filed a prosecution complaint against individuals and firms involved in a teacher recruitment scam in West Bengal, depriving deserving candidates of jobs. The agency has also attached properties worth Rs 230.6 crore.

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ED Files Prosecution Complaint Against 108 Entities in West Bengal Teacher Recruitment Scam

ED Files Prosecution Complaint Against 108 Entities in West Bengal Teacher Recruitment Scam

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a prosecution complaint against Prasanna Kumar Roy, Santi Prasad Sinha, and 106 other limited liability partnerships (LLPs) and companies in connection with an alleged scam in the recruitment of assistant teachers in West Bengal. The ED's Kolkata Zonal Office filed the complaint under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002 before the Special PMLA Court in Kolkata on April 18, 2024.

The investigation was initiated based on two First Information Reports (FIRs) registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act. The CBI's chargesheets revealed that a total of 2,081 candidates were appointed and recommended illegally for the post of Assistant Teachers by the officials of the West Bengal Central School Service Commission (WBCSSC) in a criminal conspiracy.

Why this matters: The alleged scam in the recruitment of assistant teachers in West Bengal has deprived deserving and genuine candidates of employment opportunities. The ED's prosecution complaint against the accused individuals and entities is a significant step towards bringing those involved in the scam to justice and ensuring transparency in the recruitment process.

The ED had earlier arrested Prasanna Kumar Roy and Santi Prasad Sinha, who were involved in the alleged collection of money and details from candidates. The agency has also provisionally attached immovable properties worth Rs 230.6 crore held in their names and the names of various companies and LLPs controlled by Prasanna Kumar Roy.

According to the ED, the CBI's investigation alleged illegal appointment of ineligible, unlisted, and low-ranked candidates as assistant teachers for Classes 9-12, thereby depriving the deserving and genuine candidates of employment. Santi Prasad Sinha, the then advisor of the WBSSC, was also arrested by the ED for his involvement in the scam.

The prosecution complaint filed by the ED against the accused individuals and entities is a vital development in the ongoing investigation into the alleged assistant teachers' recruitment scam in West Bengal. The agency's actions aim to bring those involved in the scam to justice and recover the proceeds of crime. The attachment of properties worth Rs 230.6 crore by the ED highlights the scale of the alleged scam and the financial gains made by the accused at the expense of deserving candidates.

Key Takeaways

  • ED files prosecution complaint against 108 individuals and entities in West Bengal teachers' recruitment scam.
  • CBI investigation revealed illegal appointment of 2,081 ineligible candidates as assistant teachers.
  • ED has arrested two key accused and provisionally attached properties worth Rs 230.6 crore.
  • Scam deprived deserving candidates of employment opportunities, highlighting lack of transparency.
  • Prosecution complaint aims to bring the accused to justice and recover the proceeds of crime.