Partha Chatterjee, the cabinet minister under Mamata Banerjee, and his close aide Arpita Mukherjee are accused of appointing school teachers illegally in government schools during Mr. Chatterjee’s tenure as Education Minister.
Ankur Chatterjee: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) during a raid conducted in Kolkata found and seized about ₹ 29 crore in cash and five kilograms of gold jewellery from the second flat of Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide of arrested Trinamool leader and senior minister Partha Chatterjee, in connection with a school recruitment scam.
The ED officials left Arpita Mukherjee’s home in the Belgharia area of Kolkata with 10 trunks of cash, early the morning of July 28 with 10 trunks of cash, after concluding an 18-hour-long raid.
According to sources, a total three note-counting machines were used to calculate the exact denomination of cash seized from Ms. Mukherjee’s second flat.
The ED’s last-week raid concluded with them recovering ₹ 21 crore in cash, a huge quantity of foreign exchange and gold bars worth ₹ 2 crore from the senior minister’s aide’s Tollygunge flat in Kolkata. Also, important to note, they found a 40-page of notes diary that can ultimately result in giving the probe agency, a major breakthrough.
As of now, the total valuation of cash recovered from Ms. Mukherjee’s two flats amounts to ₹ 50 crores.
The allegations levied upon CM Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet minister Partha Chatterjee and his close aide Arpita Mukherjee, accuses them of being partners-in-crime in illegally appointing school teachers and staff in government-run schools during Mr. Chatterjee’s tenure as the state’s Education Minister.
Arpita Mukherjee, during her summon by the ED, in her statement to the case’s investigators said, “The money was kickback received for transfers and for helping colleges get recognition. Partha used my house and that of another woman as a mini-bank. That other woman is also his close friend.”
The ED’s investigating team also interrogated Trinamool Congress MLA Manik Bhattacharya, who’s a former president of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, yesterday.
In reply to the opposition’s criticisms over Mr Chatterjee’s incarceration, Mamata Banerjee reiterated last week that she does not support corruption and that the arrested minister should face punishment if the court’s find him guilty.
“Anyone found guilty must face punishment, but I oppose any political vendetta against me and my party. The truth must be revealed, but only within a certain time range,” she’d stated.
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