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Bengal Minister Arrested Day After Rs 20 Crore Cash Was Found At Assistant’s Home


New Delhi:

West Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee was arrested today by the Directorate of Law Enforcement in connection with a money laundering case related to the alleged teacher recruitment scam in the ‘State. The arrest comes hours after Rs 20 crore was recovered from a close associate of the minister.

The Trinamool leader was questioned overnight following the recovery of the money. During questioning, Mr Chatterjee failed to cooperate with investigators following which he was arrested, official sources told NDTV.

“Partha Chatterjee was arrested after an overnight interrogation. During the interrogation, Mr Chatterjee complained of feeling unwell following which his health was examined by two doctors brought by the investigators. interrogation resumed after doctors gave the all clear,” an official source told NDTV.

The source added that the investigative agency will seek his custody in court to get more details about the alleged recruitment scam. The Trinamool chief’s personal secretary was also arrested, officials said.

Currently, Mr Chatterjee, Minister for Industry and Trade, held the education portfolio when the alleged scam was carried out.

Trinamool Congress said it was monitoring the situation closely. “We will issue a statement at the appropriate time,” party spokesman Kunal Ghosh said.

Speaker Biman Banerjee said the investigative agency must inform the president before arresting a member of the assembly.

“The ED or CBI, when arresting any MP or MP, must inform the Speaker of the Lok Sabha or Assembly. This is the constitutional norm. But I have not received any communication from the ED regarding Chatterjee’s arrest,” he said.

Mr Chatterjee was arrested after around 26 hours of questioning by the investigative agency.

His interrogation – which began on Friday morning – went on all night after ₹20 crore was collected from the home of his close associate in Arpita Mukherjee.

“This amount is suspected to be proceeds of crime from said SSC scam,” the investigative agency said in a statement.

The Trinamool congress has distanced itself from Arpita Mukherjee saying she has no connection to the party.

“The money ED recovered has nothing to do with Trinamool. Those named in this investigation, it is their responsibility to answer questions about them or their attorneys,” TMC Corporate Secretary Kunal tweeted. Ghosh.

In addition to the Directorate of Law Enforcement, or ED, the alleged scam is being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation. As the ED examines the money trail in the scam, the CBI is investigating alleged irregularities in the recruitment of Group C and D staff and teachers to state-sponsored and aided schools.

Trinamool’s ruling Congress described the raids as a “ploy” by the BJP government in the Center to “harass” its political opponents. Denying any role in the problem, the BJP claimed that the CBI and ED are “moving on the right track” and that “more skeletons will come out of the closet”.

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