State Bureau, Kolkata. CBI has registered an FIR against Minister of State for Education Paresh Chandra Adhikari and his daughter Ankita Adhikari on Thursday in the SSC teacher appointment scam. An FIR has been registered against both of them under sections 420 and 120 (b) of IPC for contempt of court’s direction and not cooperating in the investigation.

On the other hand, after missing for one and a half days, the Minister of State for Education will reach Kolkata by air from Siliguri this evening. His advocate has given this information to a single bench of Calcutta High Court Judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay during the hearing of the matter on this day. The judge has directed the Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate to take the minister to the CBI’s office at Nizam’s Palace for direct interrogation as soon as he reaches Kolkata.

He further said that if the minister does not reach Kolkata by plane, it will be considered as contempt of court. Earlier, the minister had challenged the decision of the single bench in the division bench, which was dismissed. He had also requested to fix some other day for questioning by emailing to the CBI office, but after the court’s direction, now he will have to appear before the CBI this evening at any cost. Justice Gangopadhyay on this day also relaxed his direction, in which he had said that no one would be allowed to enter the SSC office, Acharya Bhavan.

Amending his direction, the judge said that the chairman, secretary, joint secretary, advisor and stenographer of SSC will be able to enter the Acharya Bhawan. At the same time, on the instructions of the single bench, CRPF has taken Acharya Bhavan under its protection late on Wednesday night. It is learned that the policemen posted there tried to stop the CRPF personnel but they entered inside by climbing the wall and removed the policemen from there.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Partha Chatterjee has challenged the direction of a single bench to investigate the matter in a division bench, which will be heard on Friday by a division bench headed by Justice Subrata Talukdar. Earlier the matter had come up before the division bench of Justice Harish Tandon and Justice Rabindranath Samant, who refused to hear the matter.

Edited By: Priti Jha