Last update: August 05, 2022, 5:56 PM IST
Former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and her colleague Arpita Mukherjee were on Friday sent to 14-day judicial remand in connection with the money trail probe in the School Service Commission appointment scam. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had sought permission from a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court to interrogate the two accused in the reform house on new revelations in the case.
Chatterjee and Mukherjee have been in the remand of the investigative agency since their arrest on July 23 in connection with an alleged money trail involving illegal appointments of teaching and non-teaching staff in West Bengal government-run and aided schools.
Seeking bail for Chatterjee, his lawyer told the court that he is now a common man and will not abscond. Chatterjee’s lawyer said, “He is no longer an influential person and is ready to consider quitting his MLAship.”
Chatterjee has been relieved of his ministerial duties by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while the TMC has removed him from all party posts. The ED has claimed that out of the 15 days Chatterjee has been detained, at least two days were wasted due to his admission to the government-run SSKM Hospital in Kolkata. Chatterjee was sent to AIIMS Bhubaneswar for a medical check-up on the orders of the Calcutta High Court and the doctors there said he did not need immediate intervention.
The ED claimed that Rs 49.8 crore in cash, jewelery and a large quantity of gold bars were recovered from the flats owned by Mukherjee, besides documents of properties and joint company documents of the two accused.
(with inputs from PTI)
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