West Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee gets arrested by Enforcement Directorate (ED) for having a connection with its investigation into “ the School Service Commission (SSC) recruitment scam case.”
ED Arrested Partha Chatterjee
Regarding the SSC Recruitment Case, ED made its first arrest by taking Partha Chatterjee into custody. In this case transactions worth crores have taken place allegedly for the appointment of teachers who were recruited through the SSC, as confirmed by his advocate. “Chatterjee, the state Parliamentary Affairs, Commerce and Industry, and Electronics & IT Minister, earlier held the education portfolio.”
“Yes, he has been arrested. We have not been given the seizure list or the arrest memo yet. He will be produced in court today. We have been asked to come to CGO Complex,” said Chatterjee’s advocate. High-security arrangements have been made at CGO Complex in Kolkata.
“Tried but couldn’t connect” was the response from Chatterjee when the press asked whether he could communicate to party supremo Mamata Banerjee or not since Friday after the ED raid.
Till now there is no official statement released from ED regarding the arrest.
“The arrest came after a day after the central agency carried out raids across the state on Friday and said that they had seized Rs 20 crore from the house of Arpita Mukherjee, a close associate of Chatterjee. Mukherjee has been detained,” as per the sources.
Chatterjee for a medical test has been taken to ESI Joka and for a face-to-face interrogation, he will further be taken to Mukherjee’s house, Diamond City.
“I cannot comment personally. TMC (Trinamool Congress) as a party is keeping a close watch on the developments. At the right time, the party will speak. I just want to say that the money recovered has no connection with TMC”, said Kunal Ghosh.
As per the news, ED officials were at Chatterjee’s house for more than 26 hours, which is in South Kolkata, Naktala. The sources reveal he had not spoken or replied to the queries regarding his relationship with Mukherjee.
As per the sources, “the ED found several land and property-related documents, jewelry worth Rs 50 lakh, and more than 20 mobile phones from Mukherjee’s house and they are now looking into whether these can be accounted for. ED officials are also trying to find other documents in the case.”
“It is a sad situation for Bengal that its minister is being arrested for corruption. I am waiting for Mamata Banerjee to sit in support of her minister at CGO Complex as she had stood for former police commissioner Rajeev Kumar. Let’s see when the investigating team will catch the masterminds,” stated Sujan Chakraborty, CPIM Leader.