During the alleged scam, Mr Chatterjee, the current industries and commerce minister, held the education portfolio.
Ankur Chatterjee: West Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee was arrested after approximately 26 hours of questioning in connection with the state’s suspected teacher recruitment scam. His close aide Arpita Mukherjee was also arrested in connection with a linked money laundering case by the Enforcement Directorate. The arrest came just hours after the minister’s aide was apprehended.
The minister has been placed in the custody of the financial crimes investigation agency for two days.
Following the seizure of the cash, the Trinamool leader was questioned all night. Mr Chatterjee refused to cooperate with the investigators during questioning, and as a result, he was arrested. He complained of discomfort, and his health was tested by two doctors brought in by the investigators. After the doctors gave their approval, the questioning resumed.
Mr Chatterjee, the current industries and commerce minister, had the education portfolio at the time of the alleged scheme.
The Trinamool Congress has stated that it is keeping a “close watch” on the situation. “We will issue a comment at the proper moment,” said party spokesperson Kunal Ghosh.
Assembly speaker Biman Banerjee said the investigation agency must notify him before detaining a member of the assembly.
“Lok Sabha or assembly speakers must be notified when the ED or CBI arrests an MP or MLA. This is the constitutional requirement. However, I have not received any communication from the ED regarding Chatterjee’s arrest,” He stated.
His interrogation, which began Friday morning, lasted all night after 20 crore was collected from the home of his close associate Arpita Mukherjee.
“The abovementioned money is suspected to be profits of crime from the alleged SSC scam,” claimed the investigation agency in a statement.
Trinamool Congress has stated that Arpita Mukherjee has no ties to the party.
“Trinamool Congress has nothing to do with the money collected by the ED. It is the obligation of those named in this probe to respond to queries about themselves or their lawyers “TMC General Secretary Kunal Ghosh took to Twitter.
The alleged scam is being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation in addition to the Enforcement Directorate. The ED is examining the money trail in the fraud, while the CBI is looking into suspected anomalies in the recruitment of Group-C and D workers and teachers in state-sponsored and aided institutions.
As a consequence, the ruling Trinamool Congress denounced the raids as an attempt by the BJP government at the Centre to harass opposition parties. The BJP has denied any involvement in the matter, claiming that the CBI and ED are “on the right track” and that “more skeletons will fall out of the cupboard.”
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