The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Monday continued its raid in West Bengal concerning the probe into alleged irregularities in municipal recruitments.
On the second day of the raid, CBI officials searched the houses of BJP MLA Partha Sarathi Chatterjee in Ranaghat and five other places in Nadia, Uluberia and Diamond Harbour. Chatterjee is a former chairperson of Ranaghat municipality. A CBI team reached his house at 9.45 am.
Another CBI team is raiding the residence of former mayor Meera Haldar of Diamond Harbour, TMC’s national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee’s constituency. CBI officials reached Haldar’s house in ward no. 10 of Diamond Harbor municipality around 10 am.
In 2016, there were allegations of widespread corruption in Diamond Harbor municipal council appointments. The investigating agency has learned that appointments were made through a private company owned by Ayan Sheel, who has already been arrested in the recruitment corruption case. Meera was the chairperson of the municipality at that time. The CBI team searched for appointment-related documents.
The CBI on Sunday searched at least 12 premises in West Bengal, including in Kolkata, Kanchrapara, Barrackpore, Halisahar, Dumdum, North Dum Dum, Krishnanagar, Taki, Kamarhati, Chetla, Bhawanipur. These included the residences of senior TMC leader and state minister Firhad Hakim and his party MLA Madan Mitra.
The case was registered against the director of a private company and unknown others in compliance with the orders of the Calcutta High Court on April 21. It was alleged that all contracts pertaining to various municipalities, district primary school councils, etc., for the recruitment of Group C and Group D employees were given to the company alone. The firm was entrusted with all tasks like setting up question papers, printing and scanning OMR sheets and preparing the final merit list, per the allegations.