20 Crore Cash And Gold Bars Seized From 2nd Home Of Bengal’s Assistant Minister


Officials are still counting the money, sources said.

New Delhi:

At least Rs 20 crore in cash, gold jewelery and bullion were recovered from another home of Arpita Mukherjee – close aide to arrested Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee – days after a huge pile was found notes in a room of one of his houses. , according to sources from the Directorate of Execution. This time officials found the notes on a shelf in one of his apartments in Belgharia, located on the northern outskirts of the city, sources said. Bank officials still count the money on site with banknote counting machines.

Sources say the ED also found more documents today that are under review. During last week’s raid, officials recovered a diary containing around 40 pages of notes that could provide crucial leads in the investigation. The ED has also recovered several title deeds that may implicate Partha Chatterjee.

ED officials had raided the house as part of their investigations. During his interrogation, Arpita Mukherjee gave information about all his properties. She has two apartments in Belgharia and another in Rajdanga (in the south of the city).

Officials had to break into the apartment’s main door as the keys could not be found, Press Trust of India reported.

Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee were arrested on Saturday – a day after Rs 20 crore was found. Arrested in connection with an alleged money laundering case linked to the teacher recruitment scam, Partha Chatterjee will be in the custody of the investigative agency until August 3.

Arpita Mukherjee reportedly told investigators the money was a bribe from the state’s massive teacher recruitment scam. She also said that only Partha Chatterjee and his men had access to the room where the money was kept. They came once every 10 days.

“Partha used my house and another woman’s house as a mini-bank. This other woman is also her close friend,” Arpita Mukherjee reportedly told investigators.

Partha Chatterjee – the longest-serving cabinet minister of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her close associate – has been accused of playing a role in allegedly illegal appointments of teachers and staff in public schools when he was Minister of Education.

When asked today if he would resign from his post, a visibly irritated Mr Chatterjee replied ‘What is the reason (to hand in the resignation)?’

Bengal’s opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari – once a close associate of Mamata Banerjee – questioned why Partha Chatterjee was retained as minister despite his arrest. Mr. Adhikari met Governor La Ganesan at Raj Bhavan and demanded that Mr. Chatterjee, who holds the portfolios of industry, commerce and parliamentary affairs, be removed from his post as minister.

“She (the chief minister) has not taken any action against him despite so much information and evidence,” Adhikari was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India news agency. It is “her strategy to show that she is good and that the others are not”, he added.


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