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West Bengal BJP MPs demonstrate in front of Gandhi statue against Partha Chatterjee’s alleged role in Bengal SSC scam

Sacked Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee has denied involvement in the Bengal SSC scam. He also claims that the money recovered from the apartments of his close assistant Arpita Mukherjee during searches at the emergency room does not belong to him.

West Bengal BJP MPs protest in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament. ANI

New Delhi: On Monday, West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs protested in Parliament against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the alleged involvement of sacked Trinamool Congress Minister Partha Chatterjee in the Bengal SSC scam. .

Bengal BJP lawmakers were protesting outside the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in parliament holding signs and raising slogans demanding arrests and investigation of those involved in the Bengal teacher recruitment scam.

Chatterjee and his close associate Arpita Mukherjee are currently in the custody of the Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED). During the raids, cash worth over 50 crore was seized from the Mukherjee’s flats in Kolkata.

On Sunday, Chatterjee again denied involvement in the Bengal SSC scam and said money recovered from actor-model Arpita Mukherjee’s apartments during ER searches did not belong to him.

“When the time comes, you will know…the money is not mine,” the former West Bengal minister said.

On Friday, Chatterjee claimed he was the victim of a conspiracy and expressed his displeasure with the Trinamool Congress’s decision to suspend him.

Arpita Mukherjee told ED she was unaware of the amount of money and said Chatterjee’s man used to come and keep money in her apartment, but she didn’t. was not allowed to enter these rooms.

Chatterjee and Mukherjee were arrested and taken into custody at the ED on July 23, a day after the investigative agency raided the actor-model’s apartment and recovered Rs 21 crore. In the ensuing raid at another apartment in Mukherjee, officials unearthed another tranche of Rs 29 crore.

From Partha Chatterjee’s apartment, ED recovered documents, deeds among others.

The 69-year-old former West Bengal politician was removed from his post as minister in charge of various departments and suspended from the TMC on Thursday. Later that day, he was removed from all party posts.

A five-time MP, Chatterjee was appointed Minister for Higher Education and School Education in 2014 and held the post until 2021.

With contributions from agencies

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