About Rs 29 crore in money and 5 kilograms of gold jewelery have been recovered from the second flat of Arpita Mukherjee in Kolkata, an in depth aide of arrested West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee, throughout a raid performed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in reference to a college jobs rip-off, officers stated.
The probe company officers left Arpita Mukherjee’s residence within the Belgharia space of Kolkata early this morning with 10 trunks of money after concluding the 18-hour-long raid.
Sources say that ED officers used three note-counting machines to know the precise amount of money seized from Ms Mukherjee’s second flat.
Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee have been arrested on July 23, a day after the primary lot of money was found at her residence.
During final week’s raid, the probe company officers had recovered Rs 21 crore in money, an enormous quantity of international change and gold bars value Rs 2 crore from Ms Mukherjee’s different flat within the metropolis. They additionally discovered a diary with round 40 pages of notes that would present essential leads within the investigation.
So far, Rs 50 crore in money has been recovered from the 2 houses of Ms Mukherjee. Some essential paperwork have additionally been seized which are being examined by the authorities.
The raids have been carried out as a part of the ED’s investigation right into a cash laundering case linked to a college jobs rip-off within the state.
Partha Chatterjee, a senior minister in Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s cupboard and her shut aide, is accused of getting a job in allegedly unlawful appointments of college academics and employees in government-run faculties when he was Education Minister.
Ms Mukherjee has reportedly advised investigators that the cash was kickback obtained for transfers and for serving to schools get recognition.
“Partha used my house and that of another woman as a mini-bank. That other woman is also his close friend,” Arpita Mukherjee reportedly advised investigators.
Yesterday, the probe company additionally questioned Trinamool Congress MLA Manik Bhattacharya, a former president of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education.
Facing opposition’s ire over Mr Chatterjee’s arrest, Mamata Banerjee final week stated that she would not assist corruption and that the arrested minister needs to be punished if discovered responsible.
“If anyone is found guilty, he or she must be punished, but I condemn any malicious campaign against me. The truth must come out, but within a time frame,” she had stated.