Bengal teacher recruitment scam: ED attaches assets worth over Rs 46 crore of former minister Partha Chatterjee, aide

Image Source : PTI (file photo) West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and Congress workers take part in a protest rally against the SSC scam case, in Kolkata.

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  • The former minister and his “close associate” were arrested by the ED in July
  • Many attached properties are registered in the name of shell companies.
  • Properties found beneficial in ownership of Partha Chatterjee, Arpita Mukherjee

The Enforcement Directorate on Monday said it has attached assets worth Rs 46.22 crore of former minister Partha Chatterjee and his alleged aide Arpita Mukherjee as part of a money laundering probe in the West Bengal teacher recruitment ‘scam’.

The attached properties include a farmhouse, flat and 40 immovable properties like ‘prime land’ located in Kolkata, with a total value of Rs 40.33 crore, the federal agency said in a statement. It said that the beneficial ownership of Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee has been found on the attached properties.

According to the agency, many of the attached properties were registered in the names of shell companies and persons acting as proxies for Chatterjee. The former minister and his “close aide” in the TMC-led government in West Bengal were arrested by the ED in July.

In this case, after conducting raids in Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal, the agency had seized Rs 49.80 crore in cash, gold and other jewelery worth over Rs 55 crore.

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