Kolkata: Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee, suspended from the party over his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a recruitment scam case, reacted to his sacking. Former minister Chatterjee said in Bangla, Somoy e bolbe (Time will tell).
This was the first reaction given by Chatterjee after he was sacked by party chief Mamata Banerjee days after ED found a mammoth amount of cash, gold, and so on from Chatterjee’s aide, Arpita Mukherjee’s home. Both were taken to the ED office for further probing after a medical check-up.
Partha Chatterjee had several ministries in his portfolio, such as Commerce and Industry, Parliamentary Affairs, Information Technology and Electronics, and Public Enterprises and Industrial Reconstruction. The powerful minister was suspended from the state cabinet on Thursday, July 28.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), as directed by the Calcutta High Court, has been investigating the suspected anomalies in the recruitment of Group-C and D workers as well as teachers in government-sponsored and -aided schools (SSC). The ED is tracing the scam’s financial path.
At the time the irregularities took place in West Bengal, Partha Chatterjee was the education minister.
The ED has retrieved a pile of cash from the home of Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide to Chatterjee. Mukherjee confessed during questioning that the money belonged to Partha Chatterjee was intended to remove the cash from her home in a day or two. The agency raids, however, thwarted the plot.