Bengal Teacher Recruitment Scam: in West Bengal teacher recruitment scam Industry and Commerce Minister Partha Chatterjee has been arrested by the ED. He was arrested after about 26 hours of interrogation of Partha Chatterjee. Apart from this, the ED has also detained Arpita Mukherjee, a close friend of hers. Know the big things related to the case.
- The Enforcement Directorate has arrested West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee in a money laundering case related to the alleged teacher recruitment scam in the state. The arrest came hours after Rs 20 crore was recovered from Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide of the minister.
- The ED said that Rs 20 crore and more than 20 mobile phones were also seized during the raids at Arpita’s premises. However, the purpose and use of the recovered phone is being ascertained.
- “The said amount is suspected to be the proceeds of the offense of alleged SSC scam,” the probe agency said in a statement. Partha Chatterjee is currently the Minister of Industry and Commerce. He had the education department with him when the alleged scam happened.
- The Trinamool leader was questioned overnight after the cash was recovered. The investigating agency arrested Chatterjee after nearly 26 hours of interrogation. His interrogation began on Friday morning. After his arrest, he was produced in the Bankshall Court in Kolkata.
- Besides this, the ED also raided 11 places including the premises of Minister of State for Education Paresh C Adhikari, former chairman of West Bengal Board of Primary Education Manik Bhattacharya and others. Others raided included PK Bandopadhyay, OSD to Partha Chatterjee, when he was earlier the state education minister, his then private secretary Sukanta Acharya, Chandan Mandal alias Ranjan, who allegedly took money on the promise of a teacher’s job. .
- Apart from these, raids were also conducted at Kalyanmoy Bhattacharya, Krishna C Adhikari and Advisor to West Bengal Central School Service Commission Dr. SP Sinha.
- The Trinamool Congress has distanced itself from Arpita Mukherjee, saying that she has no relation with the party. TMC general secretary Kunal Ghosh tweeted, “Money recovered by ED has nothing to do with Trinamool. Those named in this investigation, it is their responsibility to answer questions related to them or their lawyers.”
- Bengal Speaker Biman Banerjee said the probe agency should inform the speaker before arresting any member of the assembly. He said, “The ED or the CBI, while arresting any MP or MLA, informs the Speaker of the Lok Sabha or the Legislative Assembly. This is the constitutional norm, but I did not get any information from the ED about the arrest of Chatterjee.”
- Union Minister R Chandrashekhar said that, “CM Banerjee speaks against ED and CBI, but whenever these agencies expose political corruption, she remains silent. She tries to intimidate law enforcement agencies to foil their investigation. So, no case of corruption comes to the fore in her government.” He said that getting such a huge amount during ED’s raid on a close associate of a West Bengal minister tells about political corruption in West Bengal.
- The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) termed these raids as a ploy by the BJP government at the Center to harass its political opponents. Denying any role in the issue, the BJP has claimed that the CBI and the ED are moving on the right track.
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