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HC will rule on the school jobs scam on Monday

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Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court will on Monday hear petitions and appeals relating to alleged irregularities in the selection of candidates in government of Bengal sponsored and aided secondary and higher secondary schools through a 2016 recruitment process.

The CBI, which investigated the case on the orders of the Supreme Court, arrested former state education minister Partha Chatterjee and some officials holding positions in the West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) during the crackdown in the alleged scam.

A division bench comprising Justices Debangsu Basak and Md Shabbar Rashidi will on Monday hear a verdict on a host of petitions and appeals heard together in connection with the school job recruitment process, an official at the Supreme Court said.

The Division Bench, constituted by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on the directions of the Supreme Court, has given extensive consideration to numerous petitions and appeals relating to the selection of candidates for appointment by the SSC in the categories of teachers of classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 and Group-C and D staff members through State Level Selection Test-2016 (SLST).

The hearing in the cases concluded on March 20 and the judgment was reserved by the Division Bench.

On writ petitions filed by some candidates who appeared in SLST-2016 but did not get jobs, a Single Bench headed by Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay had ordered the CBI to investigate alleged irregularities in the recruitment process. The Supreme Court had also ordered termination of some of the jobs of teaching and non-teaching staff after noticing irregularities.

After disposing of petitions related to these cases, the Supreme Court had on November 9, 2023, asked the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court to constitute a Division Bench to hear all petitions and appeals relating to the recruitment process through SLST. 2016 for

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