Bengal Teacher Recruitment Scam: On Monday, the ED made several revelations regarding the West Bengal teacher recruitment scam. The ED produced Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide of West Bengal cabinet minister Partha Chatterjee, in a special court in Kolkata. The ED told in the court that we have searched at two places. One in Partha Chatterjee’s house and the other in Arpita Chatterjee’s house. Joint sale deed has also been received. This shows that both were buying the property jointly.
The ED said that Arpita Mukherjee was running at least 12 shell companies for financial maneuvering. The ED also said that Partha Chatterjee has refused to sign his arrest memo. ED said that the minister is non-cooperation. They do not sign the ED papers and even tear the paper. The ED said that it was very difficult to convince him to go to AIIMS Bhubaneswar. According to the ED, Parth opposed this. With great difficulty the ED took him to Bhubaneswar. The ED produced the AIIMS Bhubaneswar medical report of Partha Chatterjee before the court, which shows that he is fit and stable. ED said he is fit and can be taken into custody.
ED made these revelations in court
ED said that Arpita’s property documents have been found from Parth’s house. ED has found documents related to the joint assets of Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Chatterjee. This property was bought by Parth in 2012. Arpita also admitted during interrogation that the cash belonged to Parth. There was a plan to invest money in companies linked to Arpita Mukherjee. The cash amount was also planned to be taken out of his house in a day or two. Partha Chatterjee has had regular contact with Arpita Chatterjee. This is revealed through his phone call.
Crores of rupees found from Arpita Mukherjee’s house
Significantly, the ED had seized cash worth more than 20 crores from the house of actress Arpita Mukherjee. Arpita was a close aide of West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee. Partha Chatterjee was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in the alleged teacher recruitment scam. The ED suspects that the cash seized from Arpita Mukherjee’s residence is the proceeds of the alleged teacher scam. Partha Chatterjee is currently the Minister of Industries and Commerce. Partha Chatterjee was the education minister of the state when the alleged scam happened.
TMC, however, distanced itself from the scam and said that action will be taken if anyone is found guilty. Let us tell you that Arpita Mukherjee, who was active in the Bengali and Oriya film industry between 2008 and 2014, has also done modeling. The central agency also recovered 1.5 kg gold and foreign currency worth Rs 1 lakh from Mukherjee’s flat. ED suspects that all these may be scam proceeds.
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