West Bengal: Ex-minister Partha Chatterjee, aide Arpita Mukherjee sent to 2-day ED custody | Kolkata News – Times of India


KOLKATA: A special PMLA court in Kolkata on Wednesday sent former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and his close aide Arpita Mukherjee to the two-day Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody till August 5.
The duo were arrested by the ED in connection with its probe into a school recruitment scam.
They were produced before the court as their 10-day ED custody was coming to an end.
The PMLA court directed the IO “not to inflict torture upon the accused persons Chatterjee and Mukherjee, and to follow Apex Court guidelines.”

The central probe agency had sought four-day remand for Chatterjee and three days for Mukherjee.
The ED told the court that Chatterjee and Mukherjee jointly floated a company and they own at least four properties in the name of the company.

The ED sleuths have recovered around Rs 50 crore in cash, along with jewellery, from Mukherjee’s two flats in south-west Kolkata and Belghoria.
However, she has claimed that crores of rupees recovered by the agency were slipped into her residences without her knowledge.

Chatterjee, who has been relieved of his ministerial duties, had said that he was a “victim of a conspiracy” and expressed displeasure over the TMC’s decision to suspend him.
The veteran leader had also said that only time would tell if the action against him was justified.

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