SSC scam: Ex-Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee, Arpita Mukherjee’s sent to jail till August 18 – Times Now

Arpita Mukherjee

Arpita Mukherjee

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Kolkata: A special court in Kolkata on Friday sent former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and his close aide Arpita Mukherjee to judicial custody for 14 days till 18th August in connection with the SSC recruitment scam. Their Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody ended today.

Earlier today, the federal probe agency told the court that Mukherjee’s life is under threat and that she should not be kept with more than four prisoners. “She should not be kept with more than four prisoners in general. There is a grave threat perception to her,” the ED told the court.

Mukherjee’s advocate also said that there is a threat to Mukherjee’s life and requested that her food and water must be tested before giving her.

“We want a division 1 prisoner category for her. Her food and water need to be tested first and then should be given,” the lawyer said.

During the hearing, the lawyer of the former TMC minister said that he was not cooperating in the probe as nothing was recovered from his house during the raid by the ED. The agency has accused Chatterjee of being non-cooperative in the investigation.

Chatterjee, who held the portfolio of the Industry Minister in Mamata Banerjee-led state government, and his close associate were arrested by the anti-money laundering agency, probing the money trail of the alleged school recruitment scam, on July 23.

They were arrested after the ED seized more than Rs 21 crore in cash, along with gold jewellery worth crores, from Mukherjee’s flat. The probe agency also recovered unaccounted money worth Rs 27.9 crore and gold ornaments and foreign exchange from another flat linked to Mukherjee, on July 27.

The case pertains to alleged irregularities in the recruitment of teachers and non-teaching staff in the state-run schools through the School Service Commission (SSC).

Chatterjee was Bengal’s education minister when the alleged school job scam took place.

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