West Bengal SSC recruitment scam: Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee in judicial custody till August 18

A Kolkata court has sent Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee to judicial custody till August 18 in connection with the West Bengal SSC recruitment scam. Arpita Mukherjee’s lawyer said that her life is in danger. We want a Division 1 prisoner category for that. His food and water should be tested first and then given
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West Bengal SSC recruitment scam: Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee in judicial custody till August 18


A Kolkata court has sent Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee to judicial custody till August 18 in connection with the West Bengal SSC recruitment scam. Arpita Mukherjee’s lawyer said that her life is in danger.

We want a Division 1 prisoner category for that. His food and water should be tested first and then given to him. ED’s counsel also supported that their security is at risk as not more than 4 prisoners can be kept. Former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and his close aide Arpita Mukherjee had reached Kolkata’s City Sessions Court.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday sought 14-day judicial custody of former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and his aide Arpita Mukherjee in a special PMLA court here in connection with the money laundering probe in the School Service Commission appointment scam.

The ED’s counsel also urged for the court’s permission to interrogate both the accused in jail regarding new revelations in the case. Special Court Judge Jibon Kumar Sadhu under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) heard all the parties in the case.

Chatterjee and Mukherjee are in ED custody on July 23 in connection with an alleged money laundering probe involved in illegal appointments of teaching and non-teaching staff in schools sponsored and aided by the West Bengal government.

While requesting for the bail of Chatterjee, his lawyer said that now he is a normal person and will not abscond. Chatterjee’s lawyer said he was no longer an influential person and was ready to even consider giving up his legislature.

After his arrest, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sacked Chatterjee from the cabinet. While TMC has removed him from all party posts. The ED claimed that out of the 15 days in Chatterjee’s custody, at least two days were wasted due to his admission to the government-run SSKM Hospital here.

Partha Chatterjee was sent to AIIMS Bhubaneswar for medical examination on the orders of the Calcutta High Court and the doctors there said that he did not need to be admitted immediately. The ED has claimed that it has recovered Rs 49.8 crore in cash, huge amount of jewelery and gold along with properties and documents of a company jointly owned by both the accused from Mukherjee’s flat.