24,000 Appointments Cancelled in Bengal as High Court Dismisses Teacher Recruitment Panel

Kolkata: In the case of the jobs scam, the Calcutta High Court on Monday cancelled the entire 2016 recruitment panel for school teachers constituted by the West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSCC).

The court also dismissed around 24,000 recruitment made by the dismissed panel.

A division bench of the Calcutta High Court comprising Justices Debangsu Basak and Md Shabbar Rashidi said that school teachers who were recruited illegally (blank OMR sheet) will need to give back their salaries within four weeks. The concerned district magistrates will collect the money from these teachers.

The cancelled recruitment panel includes all appointments of teaching and non-teaching staff, hired through an WBSC entrance examination in 2016, to various state-government-sponsored and aided schools in Bengal.

The bench also ordered the re-evaluation of as many as 23 lakh OMR sheets (test paper) of the recruitment entrance exam that had been conducted.

It also directed the CBI to undertake further investigation into the matter and submit a report in three months.

The WBSSC has been asked to initiate a fresh appointment process.

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