Arpita Mukherjee , arrested in the West Bengal teacher scam, continues to receive cash from her homes. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has recovered Rs 29 crore in cash and five kg gold from a house in Kolkata belonging to Mukherjee. Five days before this, the ED had recovered Rs 21 crore in cash from another house of Mukherjee.
Let us tell you, Mukherjee is close to Partha Chatterjee, a minister in the West Bengal government, who is currently in the custody of the ED.
In which case is the investigation going on?
The Calcutta High Court had ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe an alleged scam in the recruitment of teachers, Group C and D employees in government and government-aided schools in West Bengal. Several petitions were filed demanding its investigation.
The alleged scam happened when Partha Chatterjee was the education minister of the state. At the same time, the ED is probing the matter under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Machines had to be brought to count notes
According to the information, the house from where the cash and gold was found is located in Club Town Heights located in Belgarhia area. To count the piles of notes found here, the agency had to take the help of three note-counting machines. Apart from cash, gold, jewelery and many documents have been recovered from here.
The ED had raided here on the basis of information given by Mukherjee, who was arrested on July 23, during his interrogation.
Money carried in 10 boxes
ED officials had started raids on Wednesday and left Mukherjee’s house on Thursday morning. The cash found in the raid which lasted for about 18 hours has been carried away in 10 boxes.
How did the Trinamool Congress react to this?
Responding to Wednesday’s raids, Trinamool Congress (TMC) state general secretary Kunal Ghosh said his party will not defend the guilty. He said that there is no word to condemn this type of crime. The party will not defend any person involved. If anyone is found guilty, the law will take its own course. At the same time, the BJP has demanded the removal of Partha Chatterjee from the cabinet.
Mamta Banerjee alleges media trial
Addressing an event in Kolkata on Wednesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged a media trial in the matter. He said that when someone is running a big institution, some mistakes can happen. If someone commits a mistake and it is proved by law, then action should be taken against them and they should be punished, but even before the judge’s decision, media trials are being done against the people.
ED has described Arpita Mukherjee as a ‘close aide’ of Partha Chatterjee . An actress by profession, Mukherjee has worked in several Bengali, Odia and Tamil films. She worked with Bengali superstar Jeet in 2008 film ‘Partner’ and Prasanjit Chatterjee in 2009 film ‘Mama Bagne’. She has also been the face of the campaign campaign of Chatterjee’s Durga Puja committee, Nakatla Udayan. It is one of the biggest Durga Puja committees of Kolkata.