BJP leader Dilip Ghosh on West Bengal employment scam case
Refuting claims by the Trinamool Congress that the Center was using agencies such as the Law Enforcement (ED) Directorate to break political party unity, BJP MP Dilip Ghosh on Tuesday said it was not not the job of agencies to make or break a party.
“It is not the job of agencies to form or break a party, but to break scandals and scams. Agencies have reached the right places using the right means, which is why so many bundles tickets are recovered,” Mr. Ghosh told ANI.
“People who lie and try to hide it now, what will the public say? Did you collect their votes for this? You can loot Rs 21 crore by winning in 21 (WB 2021 polls), who gave you that right?” he added further.
The BJP MP’s remarks came days after TMC Minister Partha Chatterjee was arrested by the Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED) in connection with the School Services Commission recruitment scam of the West Bengal (WBSSC) and the West Bengal Primary Education Board, which followed the raids of the central polling agency where it seized millions of dollars in cash from the premises of its close associate Arpita Mukherjee.
ED has unearthed many disproportionate assets of Partha Chatterjee since his arrest, including three apartments in West Bengal’s Diamond City.
Partha Chatterjee’s arrest followed the recovery of Rs 21 crore in cash and jewelry worth over Rs 1 crore from the Kolkata residence of Arpita Mukherjee, a close associate of the former education minister Partha Chatterjee.
ED raided the home of Arpita Mukerjee in connection with an alleged teacher recruitment scam in West Bengal. “This amount is suspected to be proceeds of crime from said SSC scam,” the investigative agency said in a statement.
Search teams take the help of bank officers for counting cash through counting machines. Photos of the house taken during the raid show Rs 000 and Rs 500 notes that were recovered.
Partha Chatterjee, who is currently Minister of Industry and Commerce, was Minister of Education when the alleged illegal appointments were made in government run schools aided by the West Bengal School Services Commission (WBSSC) .
Trinamool’s ruling Congress described the raids as a “ploy” by the BJP government in the Center to “harass” its political opponents.
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