First arrests made by CBI in Bengal’s SSC scam

The ED has arrested former minister Partha Chatterjee & his close aide in this connection already.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday made its first arrests in connection with the West Bengal school teachers’ recruitment scam in which former state minister Partha Chatterjee and his close aide Arpita Mukherjee were arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) already.

Chatterjee and his aide were arrested on July 23 and on Wednesday, CBI arrested Shanti Prasad Sinha convenor of the special advisory committee formed for the appointments and Ashok Saha, who was a secretary of the state School Service Commission (SSC).

The minister and Arpita Mukherjee were arrested in connection with the ED’s probe into the money trail in illegal recruitments allegedly done by the SSC for state-sponsored and aided schools. Cash worth nearly Rs 50 crore and jewellery were recovered from Arpita Mukherjee’s properties.

Sinha and Saha were interrogated several times after the Calcutta High Court ordered the CBI probe into the case. On Wednesday, they were arrested after several hours of interrogation.

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