West Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee and his aide Arpita Mukherjee have been sent to Enforcement Directorate custody till August 3. Both were arrested on July 23 in connection with a teacher recruitment scam.
Earlier today, Chatterjee was taken to the Kolkata airport from the SSKM hospital in the city through the green corridor. After landing in Bhubaneswar, Chatterjee was taken to AIIMS, where he underwent a thorough medical check-up, after which he was moved to a special ward. AIIMS said that although the minister had chronic health issues, he did not need to be hospitalized.
The Calcutta High Court has ordered that the accused be medically examined every 48 hours of their detention in ED custody. The court also ordered the investigating officer not to punish the accused.
Partha Chatterjee, Bengal’s Industries Minister, was arrested on Saturday on money-laundering charges linked to a school services scam. He was accused of having a role in the alleged recruitment of teachers and staff in government-run schools when he was the minister of education.
Around Rs 20 crore in cash was found from the house of Partha Chatterjee’s colleague, Arpita Mukherjee. Images of mountains of money flashed on TV screens. The minister was arrested after midnight. The Enforcement Directorate said the minister was with Ms Mukherjee and the money found in her house was “the proceeds of crime”.