SSC recruitment scam: A special PMLA court has sent former Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and his associate Arpita Mukherjee to 14-day judicial custody in connection with an Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe into the money trail in the School Service Commission appointments scam.
The Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) special court judge, Jibon Kumar Sadhu, had reserved his order after hearing all the parties in the case. Chatterjee and Mukherjee have been in ED remand since their arrest on July 23 in connection with the agency’s investigation into the alleged money trail involved in illegal appointments of teaching and non-teaching staff in West Bengal government-sponsored and aided schools.
Chatterjee has been relieved of his ministerial duties by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while Trinamool Congress has removed him from all posts he held in the party.
Chatterjee was sent to AIIMS Bhubaneswar for medical checkup on the order of Calcutta High Court and the doctors there had said he did not require any immediate intervention.
The ED has claimed to have recovered ₹49.8 crore in cash, a huge quantity of jewellery and gold bars from flats owned by Mukherjee, besides documents of properties and of a company joint held by the two accused.
Chatterjee will be taken to Presidency Correctional Home and Arpita to Alipur Women Correctional home. Next date of court production is on August 18.