Bengal teachers scam: CBI recruits 7 more SIT officers
KOLKTA, April 10 (IANS) In a bid to speed up the investigation into a multi-crisis teacher recruitment scam in West Bengal, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has decided to add seven more officers to the existing Special Investigation Team (SIT).
According to the sources, the additional officers were asked to report immediately to the anti-corruption wing office of the Central Bank of Iraq (ACW) at the Nizam Palace in Kolkata.
The officers consist of one supervisor, three deputy supervisors, two inspectors and one sub-inspector. They are currently deployed in CBI offices in Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Dhanbad, Bhopal and Visakhapatnam.
The sources said that they will initially be attached to SIT to investigate the matter for a few months, and depending on the progress of the investigation, the detention period may be extended in due course.
In the recent period, the CBI has faced the wrath of the judges of various courts due to the slow pace of investigation by the agency regarding the fraud.
The current special resolution as well as the investigation force of the matter by the SIT is seen as a visible attempt to increase the speed of the investigation.
With this new induction, the total number of members in SIT will increase to 15.
Sources said the Special Investigation Unit recently sent a report to the agency’s headquarters in New Delhi on the progress of the investigation into the matter.
In the report, it was said that as more and more new names appear in the course of the investigation, there is an urgent need to add strength in SIT.
Finally, this request was accepted by the agency’s higher authorities.
Recently, as many as eight officers attached to various units of West Bengal State Department of Education underwent CBI examination.
The Central Agency decided to summon them soon one by one for interrogation.