Tripura Congress demands CBI probe into illegal admission

AGARTALA, Oct 27 : The Opposition Congress has demanded CBI inquiry over the alleged illegal admission of the son of the private secretary to Tripura Health Minister Tapan Chakraborty in the State-run Tripura Institute of Technology (TIT).

In a letter to Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, Leader of the Opposition Ratan Lal Nath said unless the admission was cancelled, the Congress would launch State-wide protests, and demanded to hand over the case to CBI for the interest of the State.

Nath alleged that almost all 220 seats in eight courses in TIT were filled up on the basis of marks secured in English, Physics and Mathematics in the Madhyamik or examinations of equivalent standard, but one Anirban Biswas, son of Ashok Biswas, who happened to be the PS of Health and Education Minister of the State, had secured less than 50 per cent marks, but was admitted to the mechanical stream this year.

According to reports, Biswas had produced a hearing handicapped certificate and got his son admitted to the college and recently the incident surfaced when a group of guardians came to know about it through the RTI. Earlier, during the Congress-Tripura Upajati Juba Samity coalition government rule in 1988-1993, the government, including late Chief Minister Sudhir Ranjan Mazumder himself, had been implicated and chargesheeted by the CBI in a scam involving admission to a medical college outside the State.

The Left Front had been using this issue in its anti-Congress and election campaign ever since. However, neither the State Government nor the Education Minister reacted on Biswas’s issue.