ED Attaches Properties, Bank Balances Worth Rs 48.22 Crore Of Partha, Arpita

| Updated: 19 September, 2022 5:54 pm IST

In a massive action, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached properties and bank balances to the tune of Rs 48.22 crore of arrested Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Partha Chatterjee and his close aide Arpita Mukherjee in connection with the teachers’ recruitment scam in West Bengal.

In a statement here, the ED said that the financial probe agency has attached properties worth Rs 48.22 crore consisting of 40 immovable properties valued at Rs 40.33 crore and 35 bank accounts having a balance of Rs 7.89 crore in the teachers’ recruitment scam.

The ED said that the attached properties include flats, a farmhouse, prime land in the city of Kolkata, and bank balances. It said, “The attached properties are found to be beneficially owned by Chatterjee and Mukherjee.”

The ED also said that a number of the attached properties were kept in the name of dummy companies and firms and persons acting as a proxy for Chatterjee.

The ED had arrested Chatterjee, Minister, Government of West Bengal, and his close associate Mukherjee, on July 23 this year after carrying out search operations at various premises linked to the teachers’ recruitment scam.

Chatterjee had earlier remained in the custody of the ED from July 23 to August 5.

During the searches at multiple locations in West Bengal, the ED had earlier seized cash amounting to a total of Rs 49.80 crore and gold and jewellery valued at more than Rs 5.08 crore from two premises during the searches conducted on July 22 and July 28.

With the present attachment, the total attachment or seizure in the case stands at Rs 103.10 crore, the ED added.

The total amount of scam is mentioned in a 172-page charge sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), within 58 days of investigation.

Sources also told The New Indian that the central agency had brought the documents for the charge sheet in two aluminium trunks. The charge sheet holds importance as it will reveal the names of the persons who ED suspects to be involved in the scam, apart from Chatterjee and Mukherjee.


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