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'Verdict illegal': Bengal CM to challenge Calcutta HC's order declaring 2016 SSC recruitment ‘null and void’

West Bengal CM to challenge Calcutta HC's order declaring 2016 teacher recruitment test ‘null and void’

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee address a campaign rally ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in Balurghat on Sunday. (HT Photo) (HT_PRINT)Premium
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee address a campaign rally ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in Balurghat on Sunday. (HT Photo) (HT_PRINT)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday claimed that the Calcutta High Court's order declaring 2016 teacher recruitment test as 'null and void' is “illegal", adding that the Trinamool Congress will challenge it. 

While addressing a 2024 Lok Sabha election rally at north Bengal's Raiganj, Mamata accused BJP leaders of influencing a section of the judiciary and judgments.

“We will stand by those who lost jobs. We will ensure you get justice, and challenge the order in a higher court," she added.

The high court, on Monday, ordered cancellation of all appointments made through the recruitment process of the State Level Selection Test-2016 (SLST) in West Bengal government-sponsored and aided schools. 

Over 23 lakh candidates had appeared for the SLST-2016 for 24,640 vacant posts. 

However, a total of 25,753 appointment letters were issued against the vacancies.

West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) will also appeal in the Supreme Court, challenging the high court verdict, said its Chairman Siddharth Majumder.

On the order, BJP leader and former judge of Calcutta High Court Abhijit Gangopadhyay demanded "immediate resignation" of Mamata Banerjee.

His single bench had previously ordered CBI probe into alleged irregularities in the recruitment process. 

He asserted that "the entire group of fraudsters in the state administration" responsible for perpetrating the scam "should be hanged".

At the rally, Mamata also claimed that the BJP is in panic mode after sensing defeat in the first phase of polling last week and asserted that the rout of the saffron camp across the country is imminent.

She described the controversy surrounding Sandeshkhali as a "pre-planned ploy" by the BJP to malign the TMC government in state at a time when the Lok Sabha polls are underway.

Sandeshkhali women have been accusing TMC leaders of sexual abuse.

"Fear and panic have gripped the BJP. After the first phase of polling in nearly 100 seats across the country, they have sensed defeat. That is why they are making baseless statements. The rout of the saffron camp is only a matter of time," she was quoted by news agency PTI saying in the rally.

(With agency inputs)

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Published: 22 Apr 2024, 02:21 PM IST
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