Under ED Arrest, Partha Says Didi Didn’t Respond

| Updated: 23 July, 2022 9:41 pm IST
Partha Chatterjee with CM Mamata and TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee (file photo)


KOLKATA: Hours after the Enforcement Directorate took him into custody over the recovery of over Rs 21-crore from his aide during a live raid in a posh South Kolkata apartment, Partha Chattterjee, the minister in the Mamata Cabinet, said Didi didn’t respond to her numerous calls.

“I tried to connect (with her) but did not get through,” Partha told the media while on his way back from ESI hospital after his medical test on Saturday.

His statement has shocked many in the Trinamool Congress, but the party has maintained silence.

Earlier in the day, Partha was arrested by the ED after around 26 hours of questioning in the teacher recruitment scam which allegedly took place during his previous stint as the education minister.

Reacting to the case, the party earlier said, “TMC will not tolerate any discrepancy or malpractice in the party or in the government.”

On being asked if it will take any action against the minister, it said, “We will act after the judiciary comes out with its verdict.”

The minister was produced before a court in Kolkata which sent him to two-day custody. His close associate Arpita Mukherjee, from whose residence the ED recovered more than Rs 21 crores and jewellery worth Rs 50 lakhs on Friday evening, has also been arrested.

The agency has conducted searches at the premises of the minister and his associates at more than 13 locations in the recruitment scam in the West Bengal School Service Commission and West Bengal Primary Education Board.

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