The Calcutta High Court on Monday declared as null and void the selection process for the State Level Selection Test-2016 (SLST) in West Bengal government-sponsored and aided schools. With this order, the hiring of approximately 24,000 teaching and non-teaching staff has been nullified. A division bench, comprising justices Debangsu Basak and Md Shabbar Rashidi, also instructed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct further investigations into the appointment process and present a report within three months. The court has also mandated that individuals involved in the invalidated appointments have to return their salaries within four weeks.  It also ordered new recruitment procedures to commence within 15 days. The CBI’s investigation will continue during this period.

Source-Calcutta High Court