Kolkata: In further trouble for Arpita Mukherjee, former West Bengal education minister and close aide of Trinamool Congress general secretary Partha Chatterjee, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has unearthed an additional Rs 5.32 crore in three bank accounts held by her. Sources in the central probe agency said this amount is in addition to the Rs 50 crore recovered from his residence at the end of July.
The two, who are currently in judicial custody over their alleged involvement in the West Bengal School Service Commission (BSSC) recruitment scam, appeared for hearing in virtual mode in a special ED court on Wednesday afternoon, where the central agency’s counsel informed The court made new revelations.
The ED’s counsel told the court that this additional amount was found in five bank accounts – three of which are personally held by Arpita Mukherjee, while the other two accounts are in the names of two companies where she is a director. On Wednesday, the former minister was in tears after Chatterjee’s lawyer filed a bail plea on behalf of his client.
“I am a victim of a conspiracy. ED officials were at my residence for a long time. But nothing was recovered from my residence. I was an economics student. I have also done my doctorate. I was a minister for a long time and before that “I was the leader of the opposition in the state assembly. My career was a stain,” a weeping Chatterjee told the court.
As the court asked, “Are you seeking release on bail?”, the ever-heavy Trinamool leader broke down further. “Sir, please have mercy on me. Let me go in peace. Please understand that I am the victim of a conspiracy,” she said with a loud cry.
Mukherjee, on his part, denied all allegations of his involvement in the WBSSC recruitment scam. “I come from a simple family. I don’t know how much money was collected from my house,” he said. However, the judge reminded her that since she was the owner of two houses, the responsibility for the existence of huge cash falls on her. Thereafter, the court reserved its order.