West Bengal SSC Scam: ED attaches over Rs 46 cr assets of Partha Chatterjee, aide Arpita Mukherjee
Kolkata: ED has attached properties worth Rs 48 crore of former minister Partha Chatterjee and his associates in the alleged teacher recruitment scam of West Bengal. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday said it has attached assets worth Rs 48 crore of former minister Partha Chatterjee and his alleged aide Arpita Mukherjee as part of a money laundering probe in the teacher recruitment scam.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) said that the attached properties include 40 immovable properties worth Rs 40.33 crore and balances of Rs 7.89 crore in 35 bank accounts. The attached properties include flats, farmhouses, land in Kolkata city and deposits in bank accounts. It said that the beneficial ownership of Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee has been found on the attached properties.
According to the central agency, many of the attached properties were registered in the names of shell companies and persons acting as proxies for Chatterjee. The ED had earlier arrested Partha Chatterjee and his associate actress Arpita Mukherjee after conducting search operations at various premises in connection with the teacher recruitment scam.
During searches on July 22 and July 27, the ED seized a total of Rs 49.80 crore in cash and gold and jewelery worth over Rs 5.08 crore from the two premises. With the present attachment, the total attachment in the case stands at Rs 103.10 crore.