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Judicial remand of Partha Chatterjee, Arpita Mukherjee extended by 14 days

A special court of (ED) on Thursday extended the judicial custody of and Arpita Mukherjee, both tainted in the multi-crore West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC) scam, by another 14 days.

Surprisingly, although Partha Chatterjee’s counsel moved a bail plea on behalf of his client, a similar approach was not evident of Arpita Mukherjee’s counsel.

Chatterjee’s counsel moved the bail plea on his client’s health grounds. However, ED’s counsel objected to the plea claiming that despite having some chronic illness, Partha Chatterjee’s condition is not that critical that he will have to be granted bail. Finally, after hearing all parties, the court rejected the bail plea and ordered the extension of judicial custody for both by another 14 days.

The court also approved the ED counsel’s plea that the central agency officials be allowed to interrogate and Arpita Mukherjee in the prisons.

The ED counsel furnished fresh documents relating to the financial involvement between and Arpita Mukherjee. They even furnished a document that showed that the premium for a life insurance policy held by Mukherjee with Chatterjee as a nominee, was paid from a bank account held by Chatterjee.

On Thursday afternoon while Chatterjee was brought to the court, Partha Chatterjee told media persons that everything will come clear some day or the other. “None will be spared,” he added.

His comments fuelled speculations on whether Chatterjee is going in a rebel mode against Trinamool Congress understanding that the party leadership including West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, is shrugging off all responsibilities from him, while at the same time backing the party’s Birbhum district president, Anubrata Mandal, tainted in the multi-crore cattle smuggling scam.

State correctional department sources said that since Chatterjee learnt from his counsels that Mamata Banerjee has backed Mondal at a public meeting on August 14 without taking Chatterjee’s name even once, the former minister and party secretary general had been very inquisitive about the day-to-day political developments in the state. He is enquiring from the prison officials about the development on this count on a daily basis, a state prison department official said.

While Trinamool Congress leaders refused to react to Partha Chatterjee’s comments, the BJP state president in West Bengal and party MP, Sukanta Majumdar told media persons that it is high time that Chatterjee would open his mouth and name the other beneficiaries in the scam. “Let him name them and the central agencies will act accordingly,” he said.



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Arpita Mukherjee’s life under threat, food and water must be tested before serving her: ED tells court

Former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee’s aide Arpita Mukherjee’s life is under threat, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) told a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court on Friday. The probe agency also told the court that water and food be checked before giving to Mukherjee.

The ED on Friday prayed for 14 days’ judicial remand for Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee who have been arrested in connection with probe into the money trail in the School Service Commission appointments scam.

“We have come to know from intelligence input that Arpita Mukherjee has specific threat perception but there is no threat perception in the case of Partha Chatterjee,” ED’s counsel told the court.

“On November 1, 2012, Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee entered into partnership and formed a company. We have also been enquiring whether this firm was also involved in money laundering or not. We have also recovered phone data for a few periods that need to be confronted by Partha Chatterjee. So we request the court to send them to judicial custody,” ED’s lawyer said.

“As many as 50 accounts are under scrutiny. Arpita Mukherjee should be given food and water after testing in jail,” ED told the court.

Both of them 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 teachers’ recruitment scam.

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Partha Chatterjee’s lawyer prayed for bail and argued that in the CBI case, the accused was not seen directly taking or asking for money.

“There is no witness in the case that Partha Chatterjee asked for money. There is no instance of him inducing someone for money. Where are the documents? These are all allegations,” lawyer of former TMC lawyer said.

“Partha Chatterjee is not at all connected with the proceeds. He was in prolonged custody. Just merely saying that Partha Chatterjee is not co-operating is not the criterion. If someone is not involved, then how can he accept it?”, his lawyer asked.

Earlier, the ED had said that Partha Chatterjee had been named as a nominee in 31 life insurance policies belonging to Arpita Mukherjee.

“He is not an influential person anymore and is also willing to consider giving up his MLAship,” Chatterjee’s lawyer said, adding that property deeds are forged and ingenuine.

The PMLA special court judge Jibon Kumar Sadhu reserved his order after hearing all the parties in the case.

The ED has claimed to have recovered Rs 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.

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Partha-arpita Probe: Ed Revisits Panditiya Road Apartment | Kolkata News

Partha Chatterjee (L), Arpita Mukherjee

KOLKATA: In its probe into the “cash-for-jobs” scam, ED sleuths on Thursday revisited the Panditiya Road apartment where they couldn’t access flat 503 earlier, even as the joint interrogation of Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee continued at the CGO Complex.
The ED team first went to Rabindra Sarobar police station, and then reached the flat with policemen and a locksmith. They attempted to break down the door but failed. The officers went to the association secretary, who connected them with the building’s locksmith.
Neighbours said the flat was under lock and key for around five years but added that it changed hands multiple times since the complex came up. The ED team suspects that the apartment, though registered in the name of a different person, was a benami property of Partha and Arpita.
Documents of a company in partnership running since 2012, two joint bank accounts of the company used to purchase four flats, the conveyance deed of a Santiniketan land bought by Partha and Arpita in 2012, and 31 life insurance policies held by Arpita in which Partha was the nominee were clinching pieces of evidence for ED to prove that the former TMC minister was acquainted with Arpita since 2012.
ED investigators placed the documents before Partha and wanted to know about the business transactions of the firm Apa Utility Services over the last nine years. Chatterjee, on his last day of ED custody, replied to some of the questions.


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