Kolkata: A number of colleges affiliated to Calcutta University have written to the varsity, urging it to extend the admission dates.There are 1.3 lakh seats in colleges under CU, out of which 40,000 are lying vacant, even though the last date for admission has already elapsed on July 10.According to sources in Calcutta University, seats have been lying vacant in a number of colleges, including Sris Chandra college, North City College, South City College, Dum Dum Motijhil College, Lake Town College and Bidhannagar College to name a few. Also Read – 2 Group D staffers held for ‘assaulting’ minorsInitially, the date for completion of admission was fixed on July 6 and was later extended to July 10 in the wake of allegations of extorting money for college admission.These colleges have written to the university with the appeal to extend the dates further.It may be mentioned that the Higher Secondary examination results were published in the first week of July and the admission process was kicked off on June 21.However, soon after the admission process began, there were allegations of extortion in the name of admission from a number of colleges in the city, including Surendranath College, Jaipuria College, South City College, Dinabandhu Andrews College, etc. Also Read – Naka checking to be stricter to rein in speed demonsSimilar allegations also surfaced from colleges in North 24-Parganas, affiliated under West Bengal State University.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee instructed the state Education department to admit students online, so that they no longer need to turn up physically for the purpose.The police have also cracked the whip and arrested a number of people including students, for being involved in this unfair practice.”We have found out that the colleges located close to railway stations in the suburbs of the city already have their seats filled up,” a senior official of CU said. He expressed his optimism that if the dates are extended then seat occupancy will normalise.
Kolkata: The Enforcement Directorate (ED), Eastern Region, has lodged a complaint with Bidhannagar Police alleging that the investigating officers of several important cases received a few fake e-mails allegedly in the name of Eastern Regional Special Director Yogesh Gupta. It was also alleged that several persons were threatened through these e-mails. On the other hand, the ED officials raided five premises across the city in connection with Rose Valley financial scam case. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources informed that on Saturday some officers of the rank of Assistant Director received e-mails containing several directions regarding the investigation of a few cases. As the directions were mostly in favour of the accused persons, investigating officers became suspicious and got in touch with Gupta. When they contacted Gupta, it was found that the e-mail ID which was used was not Gupta’s. While checking the messages, several persons called up the ED office and informed that they have got certain notices very similar to the e-mail threat messages. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhile checking them, the ED officials found that the e-mail address which was used to send the notices is the same one from where the messages had been sent. Immediately, the ED headquarters in Delhi was informed. During primary investigation, the ED officials came to know that one Anantha Sundar Rajan posed himself as Gupta and sent those e-mails. Later, one officer of Assistant Director rank submitted a written complaint to Bidhannagar Police against Rajan. Upon receiving the complaint, the Cyber Crime Police Station has already initiated a case on charges of cheating, forgery and identity theft of the Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Act. On the other hand, the ED officials conducted raids at five premises across the city in connection with the Rose Valley case. Sources informed that each five-member team raided several office premises including the residence of a senior Rose Valley official. It was alleged that after the CBI took over the charge of the Rose Valley and other financial scam cases, this person met with some important persons and politicians and demanded money with the promise to settle the matter.