WB Minister Partha Chatterjee arrested over school jobs scam ED gets 2 days’ custody of Partha Chatterjee
   Date :24-Jul-2022

Partha Chatterjee
 
 
KOLKATA :
 
WEST Bengal Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee was arrested by Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday in connection with its investigation into the alleged school jobs scam, an official of the agency said. The TMC Secretary General, who was the State Education Minister when the scam took place, was arrested after around 26 hours of grilling in connection with the probe since Friday morning. “We are keeping a close watch on the situation. We will come out with a statement at an appropriate time,” TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said. Meanwhile, A Kolkata court on Saturday remanded West Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee to ED custody for two days in connection with the teacher recruitment scam, his counsel said. Speaker Biman Banerjee said the ED must inform the Speaker before arresting a member of the Assembly. “The ED or CBI, while arresting any MP or MLA, has to inform the Speaker of the Lok Sabha or Assembly.
 
This is the constitutional norm. But I have not received any communication from ED about Chatterjee’s arrest,” he said. ED also detained Chatterjee’s close aide Arpita Mukherjee, from whose property Rs 21 crore in cash was seized, the agency official said.“Chatterjee was not cooperating with our officers who were questioning him since Friday morning. He will be produced before a court during the day,” the ED official told PTI. He was taken to ESI Hospital in Joka and a medical check-up was conducted on him. While coming out of the hospital, Chatterjee, when asked whether he tried to contact Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said, “I tried, but could not connect (to her).” Chatterjee, who was the State Education Minister from 2014 to 2021, was grilled by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in April and May this year in connection with the scam. Opposition BJP went hammer and tongs over the development and demanded a reply from the chief minister.
 
“The CM must issue a statement over the arrest of a Cabinet minister. The arrest proves that the TMC is knee-deep in corruption,” BJP national Vice President Dilip Ghosh said. Partha Chatterjee hospitalised: Partha Chatterjee was hospitalised in the evening after he complained of uneasiness, an official of the agency said. Chatterjee, who has several health issues, was admitted to the ICCU of the state-run SSKM Hospital hours after the senior Minister was remanded to two-day ED custody by a city court. Several tests including ECG were conducted on the TMC secretary general, an official of the hospital said.