Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday directed BJP state president Dilip Ghosh to produce documents in connection with his educational qualification. The directions came in the wake of a PIL by petitioner Ashok Sarkar in May last year.
The petitioner had alleged that Ghosh had submitted a false affidavit while contesting the 2016 state elections from Kharagpur, claiming that he was an alumnus of Jhargram Polytechnic College.
He had also submitted a purported RTI report, saying there was no such college in the state. He had pleaded for Ghosh’s election from the Kharagpur Sadar seat to be nullified. A division bench headed by Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharjee, asked the state BJP president to file an affidavit, along with his original academic certificates, in June.
Advocate Mohammad Ariff, who represented the petitioner at the court, said that Ghosh had been claiming that he had passed out from Ishwarchandra Polytechnic at Kharagpur. “But when my client approached the college through another RTI application, he was informed that between 1975 and 1990, no Dilip Ghosh had appeared in any exam in the college,” he maintained. It may be mentioned that Ghosh was elected to the West Bengal Assembly in 2016, from the Kharagpur Sadar constituency.
The Chief Justice wondered on Thursday: “Is it believable that a person has forgotten the name of the institution from which he had passed out?” The matter has been scheduled for hearing on June 8.