Bengal teachers' hiring 'scam': ED attaches Rs 46 cr worth assets of Partha, Arpita; files first charge sheet
The charge sheet was filed on the 58th day of their arrest under various sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Earlier, the CBI arrested former SSC chairman Ashok Saha and former advisor Shanti Prasad Sinha in the recruitment scam case.
The PMLA court also extended the judicial remand of Chatterjee's associate Arpita Mukherjee for 14 days.
Questions abound in Kolkata whether Partha's arrest and ignominious exit from the TMC was partly to "protect" a close relative of a powerful party leader.
After being in ED custody till August 5 following their arrest on July 23, Chatterjee and Mukherjee had been sent to judicial remand by the PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) court here.
However, none of the posters bore Mamata Banerjee's photographs, which has seldom been the case in TMC posters since the party's inception in 1998.
‘In 3 years, shell firms linked to ex WB minister Partha, his kin, Arpita had deals worth Rs 500 crore’
Sources said the ED found suspicious transactions of Rs 1.5 crore carried out days before Chatterjee and Arpita were arrested last month.
Arpita is lodged in Alipore correctional home for women, which is generally given to prisoners showing good conduct.
Chatterjee and Mukherjee have been in ED's remand since their arrest on July 23 in connection with its probe into the money trail in illegal recruitments done by the School Service Commission.
The ED has described the insurance documents as clinching evidence to prove that the proceeds of the crime of the alleged scam in recruitment were invested in the name of Arpita.
Partha Chatterjee, who was also arrested in connection with school recruitment scam, said he doesn’t have any money.
ED sleuths have recovered around Rs 50 crore in cash, along with jewellery, from her two flats in south-west Kolkata and Belghoria.
When asked who hatched the conspiracy, Chatterjee, while being taken for medical check-up at ESI Hospital, Joka, said, “You will come to know with time.”
Chatterjee had on Friday asserted that he was a victim of a conspiracy and expressed unhappiness over the Trinamool Congress' decision to suspend him.
The Congress has launched a blistering attack on the TMC on the issue of Chatterjee’s arrest and recovery of cash from Arpita’s houses.
The central agency came to know about a real estate company and an entertainment agency, which were used to park the money, suspected to be proceeds of crime of the recruitment scam.
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Other bank accounts, linked to several 'shell companies' allegedly operated by Mukherjee, are also under the ED's scanner.
The stories of Chatterjee's miserliness are legion in the TMC, which also explains why he allegedly hoarded Rs 52 crore in cash, thousands of dollars worth lakhs and jewellery valued at Rs 4 crore.
An ED official said that a decision on freezing the bank accounts of the 'shell companies' is yet to be taken, while refusing to divulge the amount in those accounts.
Meanwhile, Chatterjee’s close aide Arpita, from whose apartments Rs 49.8 crore in cash and jewellery was recovered, broke down while being taken for medical check-up.