Bengal Teacher Recruitment Scheme: Minister Partha Chatterjee’s House Property Papers Led ED to Arpita | India News

NEW DELHI: These are the details of Bengal cabinet minister’s alleged Benami properties Partha Chatterjeerecovered during Execution Directoratesearch of its premises on Friday, which led the agency to Arpita Mukerjee and the treasure of his apartment.
Sources said the recovery of Rs 21 crore in cash from Arpita’s residence was only possible after ED officials followed the lead of property documents seized from Chatterjee’s premises bearing her name. While the TMC minister had been careful not to keep any money with him, he may have been afraid of losing control of valuables and kept details of apartments registered in Arpita’s name. The agency found details of at least eight properties in Arpita’s name, which proved prima facie that they were all of Benami’s assets acquired using the “proceeds of crime” in the teacher recruitment scam.
Documents recovered from the search and digital evidence revealed the involvement of other senior TMC executives in the recruiting scam, sources said.
ED entered the scene based on an FIR recorded by CCR at the request of the Calcutta HC in corruption in the recruitment of assistant teachers of classes IX-XII and primary school teachers. The recovery of the money from Arpita and the ownership documents found on Chatterjee marked a breakthrough that had eluded CBI all this time, leading the HC to express exasperation at the progress of the investigation.
CBI also could not find evidence of the close ties between Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjeewhich bolstered ED’s confidence in the method of its investigation and its ability to locate the allegedly illegal money.

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