Arpita Mukherjee Confessed Bengal Minister Used Her Home As Mini Bank: Sources
Arpita Mukherjee, arrested in a school job teachers recruitment scam with Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee has apparently claimed that the minister used to store money at her home and treated her place like a ‘mini bank’. In the next hearing, Arpita’s lawyers are likely to deny ED’s claim in the court and will also hit out at the investigating agency for leaking the investigation details to the media.
According to the investigation reports, authorities had found Rs. 21 crore in cash from Arpita’s home, who has always been a close aide of the minister. Reportedly, pictures of a large pile of cash was recovered a day before the minister and her close aide were arrested on Saturday.
According to sources, Arpita Mukherjee told Enforcement Directorate that “Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee used to stash all the money in one room and he treated the place as a mini bank”. The same sources further claimed that the minister used to visit her home every week or within 10 days. Reportedly, Arpita told the authorities that “Partha used my house and one of my close friend’s homes as a mini bank”.
Sources revealed Arpita’s claims that the minister never revealed the amount of money he used to store or take out of the room. Further, she apparently admitted that the money was received from the kickbacks, and it was supposed to be used for transfers and for helping colleges get recognition. She also said that the money was always brought in by individuals other than the minister.
ED has seemingly found incriminating documents and the agency is of the view that the minister was consistently in contact with Ms Mukherjee. Furthermore, the agency believes that the cash found at her home was ‘proceeds of the crime’. Chatterjee has been sent to the agency’s custody till August 3.
The sources have claimed that ED has also recovered an incriminating diary, having around 40 pages of notes. They believe, these notes could expose crucial leads in the investigation. In addition, the agency has recovered several deeds of properties, which could possibly involve Partha Chatterjee.
Partha Chatterjee is a top Trinamool Congress leader who was often seen to be a close aide to Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Partha Chatterjee is accused of irregularities in the recruitment, leading to Bengal teacher recruitment scam. Besides Partha Chatterjee, Arpita Mukherjee arrested for being a close aide to the minister.
Before suspension, Partha Chatterjee was the minister of Commerce and Industries of the Government of West Bengal. He has formerly served as the Education Minister of the State Government. During that tenure, he also held the post of General Secretary of the All India Trinamool Congress party. He was removed from his office on Thursday after being arrested in the teachers recruitment scam. Noticeably, Arpita Mukherjee was introduced to Partha Chatterjee through a Bengali actor, and the two of them had been close to each other since 2016.
Cash of Rs 27.9 crores in cash, gold, and jewellery worth Rs 4.31 crores has been recovered till now from the residence of Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide of West Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee: Sources pic.twitter.com/ZWJuccciw8
— ANI (@ANI) July 28, 2022
BREAKING: ED finds another sea of cash, this time at TMC ex-minister Partha Chatterjee’s gf Arpita Mukherjee’s Belghoria flat. 4 note-counting machines arrive.
Feel like puking, watching this naked loot of my state. #Bengal pic.twitter.com/IKnMFM66l5
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) July 27, 2022