Justice Gangopadhyay removed from hearing of school recruitment scam: SC said- give the case to another bench; Calcutta HC judge asks for transcript of interview

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On 18 April, the Supreme Court stayed the questioning of Abhishek Banerjee till the next hearing.

The Supreme Court has directed the Calcutta High Court to remove Justice Gangopadhyay from hearing the West Bengal school recruitment scam. The court has asked the acting CJ to hand over the hearing to another judge. CJI Chandrachud’s bench said that this decision has been taken due to the transcript of the interview given to the news channel of Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay.

On the other hand, Justice Gangopadhyay of the Calcutta High Court has directed the Secretary General of the Supreme Court to submit the transcript copy of the interview to him by tonight.

Justice Gangopadhyay had commented on the judges of the Supreme Court hearing the case in the open court that the judges of the Supreme Court can do whatever they want? Is it landlordism?

Solicitor General said – removal of judges has become a pattern
After the decision to be removed from the case, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that it has become a pattern, when a decision is against a person or system, it is removed. There was another judge before Justice Gangopadhyay who was also proved to be a failure, this sends a demoralizing message to the judiciary. Let his spirits be high.

Justice Gangopadhyay gave this interview to ABP Ananda on 20 September 2022.

Justice Gangopadhyay gave this interview to ABP Ananda on 20 September 2022.

However, the CJI said that judges perform very important duties. We are doing this because of Justice Gangopadhyay’s interview transcript. We have said what we had to say. The transcripts require that the case be assigned to another judge.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had said that judges should not give interviews on cases on which hearing is going on in the courts. Justice Gangopadhyay had commented on Abhishek Banerjee and the Supreme Court in an interview given to ABP Ananda.

He had said that what he is saying is in accordance with the Bengaluru Principal of Judicial Conduct, under which it has been said that judges also have freedom of expression, but it should be within the purview of the court.

Hearing was being held on Mamta’s nephew’s petition
The Supreme Court was hearing a petition by Trinamool leader Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee. Abhishek had challenged the decision of the Calcutta High Court, in which Justice Gangopadhyay had ordered on April 13 that central agencies like ED and CBI can interrogate Abhishek if needed. And this investigation should be done soon.

While hearing Abhishek’s petition, a bench of CJI DY Chandrachud, Justice PS Narasimha and Justice JB Pardiwala stayed the order.

Abhishek Banerjee made 2 allegations

1. Being pressurized to take my name in the scam
On March 29, Abhishek Banerjee had said that people in the custody of agencies are being pressurized to take my name in the scam. Kuntal Ghosh, another accused in this case, had also alleged that he was being pressurized to name Abhishek Banerjee.

Kuntal Ghosh had also written a letter to the trial court judge against the CBI regarding his allegations. On this, the Calcutta High Court had said that it would have to be investigated whether Ghosh had said his words after being influenced by Abhishek Banerjee’s speech. In such a situation, CBI-ED can interrogate Abhishek whenever it wants.

2. Told the Supreme Court – I do not like the judge who ordered the inquiry
Banerjee had said in a petition filed in the Supreme Court that Judge Gangopadhyay of the Calcutta High Court did not like her. He had expressed his displeasure in an interview given to a news channel in September last year. Banerjee also said that Justice Gangopadhyay had commented on the judges of the Supreme Court hearing the case in the open court that the judges of the Supreme Court can do whatever they want? Is it landlordism?

what is teacher recruitment scam

Stack of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 notes seized from the house of Arpita, a close aide of Partha Chatterjee. ED machine had to be called to count them.

This scam happened in Bengal is of 2014. Then the West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) took out the recruitment of teachers in government schools. The process started in 2016. Partha Chatterjee was the education minister at that time. Several complaints of irregularities in this matter were filed in the Calcutta High Court.

The petitioners alleged that the candidates whose marks were less were placed at the top of the merit list. Some candidates were given jobs even though their names were not there in the merit list. Such people were also given jobs, who did not even pass the TET exam.

The CBI had presented the first charge sheet on September 30 last year. It contained the names of 16 people including former education minister Partha Chatterjee. ED had arrested Partha Chatterjee and his close aide Arpita Mukherjee. Parth is in jail since 23 July 2022, his bail pleas have been rejected.

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