West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee arrested by ED

He was arrested in connection with an alleged School Service Commission scam.

West Bengal Commerce and Industries and Information Technology (IT) minister Partha Chatterjee was arrested on Saturday morning by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) from his residence in Kolkata’s Naktala. He was arrested in connection with an alleged teacher recruitment in School Service Commission (SSC) scam. Chatterjee was earlier the education minister when the scam allegedly took place. He was taken to the ED office in Kolkata’s CGO Complex for further questioning. He is later to be produced in court.

ED officers have questioned him for over 24 hours, from the time they reached his house on Friday morning at around 7 am.

The ED on Friday recovered Rs 20 crore in cash from the house of an associate of West Bengal commerce and industries and Information Technology minister Partha Chatterjee. The ED raided the house of Arpita Mukherjee in Kolkata in connection with an alleged scam. The Central probe agency on Friday evening released a statement which stated: “The said amount in suspected to be proceeds of crime of the said SSC scam.” The probe agency took the assistance of bank officials and counted the cash through machines. Notes of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 recovered during the raid could be seen in photographs. Also, about 20 mobile phones were recovered from Arpita Chatterjee’s house. Investigators are looking at the purpose for which these phones were used.

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