Bengal SSC Scam Live Updates: Former West Bengal Chief Minister Partha Chatterjee’s aide Arpita Mukherjee’s driver has said that several vehicles in her name have been missing for the past three months. However, he added that he was in charge of driving the Honda City but was never allowed to drive the rest of the cars.
Driver Pranab Bhattacharya said Partha Chatterjee sometimes visited Arpita and had seen the suspended minister enter her house when he was finishing work. Bhattacharya added that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) also questioned him in connection with the case.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has initiated the process of freezing at least five bank accounts of arrested West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee’s associate Arpita Mukherjee, where she received at least Rs 2 crore, a senior official said. Told on Saturday. Other bank accounts linked to several “shell companies” allegedly run by Mukherjee are also under scrutiny by the ED, he said.
The process of freezing Mukherjee’s five bank accounts has begun. A total of around Rs 2 crore has been found in these accounts. We suspect that these accounts were used for several transactions and further investigation is on,” the ED official said. He said the agency was scanning bank accounts linked to “shell companies”, declining to say how much money was sitting there.
We have sought the details of these accounts from the concerned authorities. After reviewing the accounts, we will decide our next course of action,” he said. The agency will continue questioning Mukherjee to find out if he has more bank accounts, the official said.
He said that Chatterjee’s bank accounts are also being probed. He said investigators have also started searching for Mukherjee’s four high-end vehicles, which are missing.
“There were two cars, a Mercedes and a Mini Cooper belonging to Mukherjee. These cars were used by the minister and his assistant Mukherjee for joyrides. Inside these two cars, she used to hold parties,” the official said. said that Chatterjee used to follow her in another car, and after a point, he would get into her car for pleasure.
They claimed that all the vehicles were purchased between 2016 and 2019. “One of the high-end cars was gifted by Chatterjee. He also helped him buy most of these high-end vehicles. We have seen Merc,” the investigator said.
Investigators have also found that Chatterjee allegedly booked two more vehicles, which have already been prepaid, he said. “These two vehicles were booked for two shell companies and advance payments were made. But before they were delivered, both were arrested,” he alleged.
Urban Development Minister Farhad Hakeem said the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has been asked to look into the alleged illegal building linked to Chatterjee in Kasba area. I have directed KMDA to check the documents related to this building. If anything goes wrong, we will take over the building. We have that power,” Hakeem said.
Chatterjee, who was the state education minister, was arrested by the ED in connection with the school jobs scam. Crores of rupees in cash were found in the apartments of his aide Mukherjee, besides gold valued in kilograms, property documents and foreign exchange were recovered by the ED, prompting the TMC to suspend him and He was forced to take away the ministerial portfolio.
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