KOLKATA: Expelled BJP leader Ashok Sarkar, who got an RTI reply that cast doubts on the authenticity of Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh’s educational qualifications, filed a PIL at the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday demanding Ghosh’s expulsion from the Assembly for faking his degrees.
Sarkar demanded that Dilip Ghosh be expelled from the party for six years for bringing a bad name to RSS and BJP.
Dilip Ghosh had stated in his 2016 Assembly elections affidavit that he had passed a diploma from Jhargram polytechnic college. However, Sarkar filed an RTI at Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar Polytechnic College, Jhargram’s only polytechnic institute, and received a reply from the principal on April 6 denying that anybody by the name of Dilip Ghosh had passed out from their college from 1975 to 1990.
“I had sent a notice to the Election Commission of India (ECI) 25 days ago requesting them to cancel Dilip Ghosh’s eligibility on grounds of producing fake degrees to fight elections. Later, I had also filed an FIR at Bidhannagar east police station in Kolkata against Ghosh. In the PIL filed today, I have appealed that Dilip Ghosh be expelled from the Legislative Assembly for fighting elections based on false and misleading information. Law will take its own course now,” Ashok Sarkar told the New Indian Express.
Dilip Ghosh won from Kharagpur sadar constituency in 2016 Assembly elections. “Also, I have appealed to the Bengal unit of BJP to expel Ghosh for a minimum of 6 years for bringing a bad name to Sangh and BJP despite being an RSS pracharak and the BJP’s State president,” he added.
Ashok Sarkar was expelled from the party by Dilip Ghosh in 2016. The Bengal BJP chief said he was not compelled to respond to the allegations.