KOLKATA: In its probe into the “cash-for-jobs” scam, ED sleuths on Thursday revisited the Panditiya Road apartment where they couldn’t access flat 503 earlier, even as the joint interrogation of Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee continued at the CGO Complex.
The ED team first went to Rabindra Sarobar police station, and then reached the flat with policemen and a locksmith. They attempted to break down the door but failed. The officers went to the association secretary, who connected them with the building’s locksmith.
Neighbours said the flat was under lock and key for around five years but added that it changed hands multiple times since the complex came up. The ED team suspects that the apartment, though registered in the name of a different person, was a benami property of Partha and Arpita.
Documents of a company in partnership running since 2012, two joint bank accounts of the company used to purchase four flats, the conveyance deed of a Santiniketan land bought by Partha and Arpita in 2012, and 31 life insurance policies held by Arpita in which Partha was the nominee were clinching pieces of evidence for ED to prove that the former TMC minister was acquainted with Arpita since 2012.
ED investigators placed the documents before Partha and wanted to know about the business transactions of the firm Apa Utility Services over the last nine years. Chatterjee, on his last day of ED custody, replied to some of the questions.