New Delhi: In the breaking development in the huge scam case, Former TMC minister Partha Chatterjee and his aide Arpita Mukherjee were produced in Kolkata’s City Sessions Court today. The court has sent both of them to judicial custody till August 18. Earlier, a special court in Kolkata on Wednesday extended the Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody of former ministers Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee till August 5. Today the time of custody of both was over.
Meanwhile, during the hearing in the court, Arpita’s lawyer said that there is a threat to her life. We want Division-1 prisoner category for Arpita. The lawyer said that Arpita’s food and water should first be tested and then given to her. ED’s counsel in the court also supported this and said that there is a threat to their security as more than 4 prisoners cannot be kept together.
In the investigation of ED, it was found that money of companies was siphoned off through shell companies. Not only this, according to sources, during interrogation, Arpita also told the names of some people who used to bring money to her Belghoria flat.
Few days ago, crores of rupees in cash, gold and property documents were found from the apartment of Arpita Mukherjee, an aide of suspended Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee. During the last hearing, the Additional Solicitor General had said that Rs 49.80 crore in cash was recovered from two flats of Mukherjee.
They claimed that Chatterjee and Mukherjee were found involved in money laundering as they were involved 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.
Enforcement Directorate officials probing the multi-crore teacher recruitment scam on Tuesday raided two more flats and a shop of Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide of suspended Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee. Sources in the agency said that ED officials raided two flats in South Kolkata. One of these flats is on Panditiya Road and the other is in Madurdaha. Apart from this, a nail art shop located in the northern part of the city was also raided.