Bengal SSC Scam Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee custody extended ED big claim in court

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Bengal SSC Scam

Highlights

  • Partha Chatterjee and his aide detained till August 5
  • Instructions to make arrangements for medical examination of the accused
  • No more ED custody needed: Arpita’s lawyer

Bengal SSC Scam: A special court in Kolkata sent former West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee and his aide Arpita Mukherjee to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody for three days in the SSC scam case. The ED had sought four days custody of Chatterjee and also Mukherjee for three days from this special court.

The ED had recovered crores of rupees in cash besides jewelery and other valuables from Mukherjee’s residence. Both are facing charges under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. After hearing the arguments of the parties, Special PMLA Judge Jeevan Kumar Sadhu granted ED custody of both the accused for three days.

Both should be produced again on August 5: Court

The court said that both be produced again on August 5. The investigating officer was directed to make arrangements for conducting medical examination of the accused every 48 hours during their stay in ED custody. The former minister’s counsel requested bail for his client, while Mukherjee’s counsel said that his client does not require any more ED custody.

Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, appearing for the ED, told the court that several companies and properties jointly owned by Chatterjee and Mukherjee have been unearthed and both of them need to be interrogated in this regard. Both the accused were produced in the special court today.

Chatterjee not cooperating in probe: SV Raju

SV Raju claimed that Chatterjee was not cooperating in the investigation, while Mukherjee’s attitude was relatively cooperative. Judge Sadhu allowed the lawyers of each of the accused to consult their clients in the presence of ED officials on the first day. Chatterjee was arrested on 23 July. Before that, crores of rupees in cash, gold and property documents were found from the apartment of his aide Mukherjee. The Additional Solicitor General said that Rs 49.80 crore in cash was recovered from two flats of Mukherjee.

They claimed that Chatterjee and Mukherjee were found to be involved in money laundering as they were indulging in a criminal conspiracy to illegally recruit assistant teachers to the posts of assistant teachers in government and aided schools. The alleged irregularities in the recruitment drive of the School Service Commission took place when Chatterjee was the state education minister.

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