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ED Recovers More Cash, Gold From Premises Linked To Partha Chatterjee’s Aide Arpita Mukherjee

The money is suspected to be linked to School Service Commission (SSC) scam. The ED raids covered the said flat of her mother at Belgharia Club town in North 24 Parganas and three other premises.

Arpita Mukherjee Partha Chatterjee
Arpita Mukherjee with West Bengal Commerce and Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee (Image /Twitter)

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate recovered more cash and gold from the premises linked to West Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee’s aide Arpita Mukherjee. The ED, which conducted fresh raids in connection with a teacher recruitment scam in the state on Wednesday, again seized nearly Rs 20 crore cash and gold worth Rs 2 crore from Mukherjee’s flat in Belgharia, till last reported.

The money is suspected to be linked to School Service Commission (SSC) scam. The ED raids covered the said flat of her mother at Belgharia Club town in North 24 Parganas and three other premises.

On Saturday, the probe agency arrested Partha Chatterjee in connection with irregularities in the recruitment of teachers by the West Bengal Primary Education Board recruitment scam. Chatterjee was the state education minister then. ED officials had on Friday raided the residences of Partha Chatterjee and another Bengal Minister Paresh Adhikari.

The ED arrested Arpita too while also summoning TMC MLA Manik Bhattacharya, former president of West Bengal Board of Primary Education. The arrests took place following the raids by the central probe agency in which it seized over Rs 20 crore in cash from the premises of Arpita Mukherjee. A total of more than 20 mobile phones were also recovered, the purpose and use of which was being ascertained.

Besides cash, a number of other incriminating documents, records, details of dubious companies, electronic devices, foreign currency and gold has also been recovered from various premises of the persons linked to the scam.

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Earlier today, Partha Chatterjee, countered repeated queries by the media on whether he would resign by retorting why he should do so. He was approached by reporters outside the ESI hospital at Joka in the city where he was taken on Wednesday morning along with his associate Arpita Mukherjee for a medical check-up before being interrogated by the ED, which is probing an alleged money trail in the scam that has rocked the state.

To repeated questions by reporters on whether he is considering resigning from the post of a minister, a visibly irritated Chatterjee shot back “What is the reason (to tender the resignation)?” Chatterjee is currently the Parliamentary Affairs Minister.