CBI arrests TMC MLA Jiban Krishna Saha in Bengal teachers’ recruitment scam

17 April, 2023 | Pragati Singh

CBI National

The CBI teams searched Saha's offices in Birbhum, Murshidabad, and Kolkata.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Jiban Krishna Saha on Monday in the West Bengal teachers’ recruitment scam case, according to agency sources. Saha is a West Bengal MLA from the Burwan Constituency. He was apprehended at his home in Burwan, Murshidabad district.

During the CBI raid on Sunday evening, a mobile phone belonging to the TMC MLA was fished out of a pond near the MLA’s house. After pumping out all of the water from the pond, the agency recovered the phone. On April 14, the CBI searched six locations, including Saha’s, as part of its ongoing investigation into the alleged West Bengal teacher recruitment scam.

The CBI teams searched Saha’s offices in Birbhum, Murshidabad, and Kolkata. The case was registered on the orders of the Calcutta High Court. It was alleged that the accused acted as a conduit in collecting money from candidates in the recruitment process of the first West Bengal State Level Selection Test (SLST) 2016 for classes 9 and 10.

Several incriminating materials, including primary and upper teacher recruitment and documents containing the list of candidates and amounts mentioned against them, were recovered during searches. He was arrested following extensive questioning by CBI agents. Saha is the third TMC MLA, following Partha Chatterjee and Manik Bhattacharya, to be arrested as part of the CBI’s investigation.