Kolkata, May 18 (SocialNews.XYZ) The mystery is deepening over the whereabouts of West Bengal Minister of State for Education Paresh Chandra Adhikari and his daughter Ankita Adhikari, ever since a single-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court observed on Tuesday that Ankita got appointed as a teacher in a state-run school despite not featuring in the merit list, nor did she appear for the personality test.
While ordering an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the alleged irregularities in the recruitment of political science teachers for Class XI and XII in state-run schools, the single-judge bench had ordered Paresh Chandra Adhikari to be present at the CBI office in Kolkata on Tuesday by 8 p.m.
Adhikari was in Cooch Behar district when the order came. On Tuesday night, he was seen boarding a Kolkata- bound train from Cooch Behar along with his daughter and all perceived that he was coming to Kolkata to appear before the CBI for questioning.
However, later it was said that early on Wednesday morning, the father-daughter duo got off the train at Burdwan, which was confirmed by the CCTV footage from the station.
However, since then both the minister and his daughter have gone missing. Repeated attempts by the CBI sleuths to contact him failed as his cellphone was switched off, sources confirmed.
On Wednesday afternoon, Adhikari's counsel filed a petition with the division bench of Justice Harish Tandon against the single-judge bench order. However, Justice Tandon refused to hear the matter.
Adhikari was the Food Minister of West Bengal from 2006 to 2011 during the previous Left Front regime led by then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.
In August 2018, he joined the Trinamool Congress after leaving the All India Forward Bloc, and he was greeted into the party by then state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee.
Within 72 hours of joining the Trinamool, his daughter's name figured in the merit list.
After the 2021 West Bengal Assembly elections, Adhikari was made the Minister of State for Education.