West Bengal: Former state education minister and West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and his aide Arpita Mukherjee have been sent on 10-day ED remand. Both will be on ED remand till August 3. Both of them were arrested on July 23 in connection with the teacher recruitment scam. Earlier on Monday, Partha Chatterjee was taken from the city’s SSKM Hospital to the Kolkata airport via the Green Corridor. He was examined at Bhubaneswar AIIMS. AIIMS said the minister has chronic health problems, but does not require hospitalization.
The Calcutta High Court directed that the accused in the custody of the ED be medically examined every 48 hours. The court ordered the investigating officer not to inflict any torture on Minister Partha Chatterjee or his aide Arpita Banerjee.
West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee was arrested on Saturday on charges of money laundering related to the school job scam. When he was the education minister, he has been accused of his role in the alleged illegal appointments of school teachers and staff in government schools. On July 22, the ED had conducted raids at various places in Bengal as part of its probe into the money laundering involved in the teacher recruitment scam in government-sponsored and aided schools. The ED had recovered over Rs 20 crore from the hideout of Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide of the minister. Apart from this, 20 mobile phones and jewelery worth Rs 50 lakh were also recovered from his house.
The ED had conducted raids at various places in connection with the recruitment scam in West Bengal School Service Commission and West Bengal Board of Elementary Education. Apart from Chatterjee, ED’s raid, Minister of State for Education Paresh C. Adhikari, former President and MLA of West Bengal Board of Primary Education Manik Bhattacharya, MLA, Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide of Partha Chatterjee, PK Bandopadhyay, OSD, then MIC of Education, then MIC of PS Sukanta Acharya of Education, Krishna C. Adhikari, relative of Kalyanmoy Bhattacharya; Advisor to West Bengal Central School Service Commission – Convenor of 5-member committee Dr. S.P. Sinha, former chairman of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education Kalyanmoy Ganguly, former chairman of West Bengal Central School Service Commission Soumitra Sarkar, deputy director of school education department Alok Kumar Sarkar. After this the minister Partha Chatterjee was arrested.