Lucknow: The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court had ordered a CBI probe into alleged irregularities in the selection of 68,500 primary teachers by basic education department. According to The Times of India, Justice Ishrat Ali was hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the process. The judge directed the CBI to investigate the process of selection through Assistant Teachers Recruitment Examination, 2018. (Also read: SC Pulls up High Courts Over Appointment of Judges) Also Read - Kerala Gold Smuggling Case: In Letter to PM, Congress Leader Calls For CBI Probe

Directing the CBI to place before it the progress report of the investigation on November 26, the court asked the agency to complete the probe within six months. The court also directed the officers, who were the part of the selection process, to cooperate in the investigation and place the necessary documents required by the CBI. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Custodial Deaths: CBI Gets Central Nod, Takes Over Probe Into Jayaraj-Fenix Case

The petitioners had made allegations like their copies were changed, leading to questions on the fairness of the selection process. The newspaper quoted Justice Ali as saying, “In the present selection proceeding, on perusal of the records made available, this court is prima facie satisfied that there is material evidence to establish that the examination conducting authorities have misused their power and to give undue advantage to the candidates of their choice, have entered into corrupt practices.” Also Read - "Is it Not Possible That he Was Murdered?" BJP MP Roopa Ganguly Asks 7 Questions in Sushant Singh Rajput Suicide Case

He added, “The candidates who have been awarded lesser marks have been found to be awarded higher marks in the written examination and the answer book of certain candidates have been torn and pages were changed to declare them to be failed so that candidates on considerations of the authorities may be selected.”

The court said, “Allegations of rampant corruption and illegal selections have been levelled in the present selection proceeding. It is expected from the state government to make a free and fair selection. In the basic schools, there are complaints in widescale illegal selections with nefarious objective to fulfill political manifesto as well as to promote parochial menace in the services of the State and thereby blatantly violating the Fundamental Rights of the citizens.”