INDIA.West Bengal: West Bengal Industries and Commerce Minister Partha Chatterjee, is currently under police custody in connection with the WBSSC scam. Meanwhile, Chatterjee’s close aide Arpita Mukherjee confessed to ED that TMC minister Partha Chatterjee used to hurl money in her house and used it like a “mini-bank”.
According to sources, Partha used to frequently visit Arpita’s house every 10 days or a week. The Enforcement Directorate conducted fresh raids on Mukherjee’s two more properties, which is an apartment complex in the Rathtala area of North 24 Parganas’ Belghoria.
TMC MLA who is also Bengal Primary Education Board President Manik Bhattacharya is being questioned by ED in connection with the SSC case. Bhattacharya was summoned by the probe agency.
On the other hand, TMC Speaker Biman Banerjee exacted time bounded investigation for the following case during a media interaction.
Banerjee said, “It is unacceptable that the investigation would continue for years. I am hopeful that the truth will come out soon”. The speaker also made it loud and clear that, if Chatterjee is found guilty and involved in the scam then WB CM Mamata Banerjee will take action against him.
Banerjee also stated, “I don’t think that the arrest will have any adverse impact on the parliamentary affairs of the West Bengal Assembly. If someone falls sick or is absent, it won’t stop the functioning of the state government or the House”.
CBI is currently investigating the scam which is linked to the recruitment of Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ staff, assistant teachers of class 11th along with primary teachers. The investigation came across many illegal appointments that were made in government-run and aided schools by the West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC).
Meanwhile, ED confirmed a successful raid on the house of Chatterjee’s close aide, Arpita Mukherjee. Heaps of cash, jewellery and unknown property papers have come into account.
Meanwhile, Chatterjee is under ED custody for investigation. The minister is in a defensive mode of answering ED’s questions. He is brought to Kolkata from Odisha’s AIIMS Bhubaneswar, reportedly he suffered health issues in the ongoing investigation process.