Bidhannagar City Police arrested state BJP vice president Joyprakash Majumder on the charge of illegally taking money from the applicants, who appeared in the Teacher’s Eligibility Test (TET) and School Service Commission (SSC).
He was levelled with the charges of criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy. The leader was interrogated for 8 hours and then was arrested.
Police source said, the students were protesting in front of the state Education department at Salt Lake for their specific demands to the government, while Majumder allegedly took money from them some years back.
He allegedly promised those students to solve their problems in court and took around several lakhs from them. He even allegedly promised them to give the primary teachers job by taking a ‘back route’.
But instead of appearing for those protesting students at court or arranging jobs for them, Majumder allegedly avoided them and refused to return the money. The students lodged complaint with Bidhannagar City Police.
“Majumder took Rs 3 lakh in December 2012 and Rs 4 lakh in 2016, from us. He promised me a primary teacher’s job. But later, he tried to avoid us. He did not even return the money to us,” said Arup Ratan Roy, a complainant.
“We even went to the state BJP office to lodge a complaint against him. They took the complaint, but did not take any action against him,” Roy added.
However, the complainants lodged FIR on August 28, last year. Investigators then called up Majumder at Bidhannagar North Police station. But he was released after short interrogation.
On Saturday, Majumder was again called up at Bidhannagar (North) police station. The police source said, Majumder could not answer many questions. He also sounded self-contradictory from his previous statements.
“He was called up at around 11 am. The interrogation started after that. He did not have any clue that
police could call him up to interrogate in this case.
He did not cooperate with us during the interrogation.
We did not have any other option, but to arrest him there’ said a police source.
BJP state president and MLA Dilip Ghosh, however, said: “Law will take its own course. Police will take action if Majumder really is an offender. It is his responsibility to prove himself innocent,” said Dilip Ghosh.
It will be recalled that Majumder, who used to be a Senior Congress leader, joined BJP in 2014. He is popular face in panel discussions in news channel, representing his party.