To begin with, at least ₹ 15 crores in cash and gold costume jewelry and bars have been retrieved from another house of Arpita Mukherjee, the close aide of Bengal’s arrested minister Partha Chatterjee, days after a massive pile of notes was found in one room of one of her houses, according to sources in the Enforcement Directorate. This time, officials found the notes from a shelf at one of her apartments in Belgharia, located in the northern fringes of the city, sources said. Bank functionaries are still counting the cash at the spot with note counting machines.
ED scrutinises more documents
Meanwhile, sources retort that the ED also discovered more documents today that are being scrutinised. During last week’s raid, the officials have recovered a diary with around 40 pages of writings that could provide crucial leads in the investigation. The ED has also recovered several deeds of properties that could implicate Partha Chatterjee.
Subsequently, the ED officials had raided the house as part of their investigations. During questioning, Arpita Mukherjee has given information about all her belongings. She has a couple of apartments at Belghoria and another one at Rajdanga which is in the southern part of the city. The Press Trust of India retorts, ” The dignitaries had to smash open the main door of the flat as the keys could not be found.
Mr Chatterjee withdrawn from minister position
Moreover, Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee were incarcerated on Saturday, a day after ₹ 20 crore was found. Incarcerated in connection with money expergaing case linked to the teacher recruitment scam, Partha Chatterjee will be in the custody of the investigating agency till August 3.
In conclusion, Bengal’s Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari, once a close assistant of Mamata Banerjee, has questioned why Partha Chatterjee is being retained as a minister despite his incarceration. Adhikari met Governor La Ganesan at the Raj Bhavan and sought that Mr Chatterjee, who manages the industry, commerce and parliamentary proceedings portfolios, be withdrawn from the position as minister.