Kolkata: A special court here on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and remanded him to two-week judicial custody till September 28 at the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probing the alleged money laundering case. sent. ssc recruitment scam
A special court under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) also extended by 14 days the judicial custody of Chatterjee’s alleged close aide Arpita Mukherjee. Judge Vidyut Baran Roy allowed the ED to interrogate the two accused at the correctional home and record their statements.
Opposing the bail application, ED’s counsel Firoz Edulji claimed before the court that around Rs 100 crore in cash and property has been recovered from Mukherjee so far. Chatterjee was produced before the court through virtual mode from the Presidency Correctional Home while his lawyers were physically present before the judge.
Chatterjee’s bail applications were rejected by the court earlier also but Mukherjee has not made any request for bail so far.
The court directed that both the accused be produced first through virtual mode on September 28.
The ED had arrested him on July 23 in connection with its probe into alleged illegal appointments of teaching and non-teaching staff in schools sponsored and aided by the West Bengal government.
The ED has claimed that it has recovered Rs 49.80 crore in cash, jewellery, gold bars, properties and documents of joint holding of a company apart from the flats owned by Mukherjee.
Chatterjee has been relieved of his ministerial post by the Mamata Banerjee government, while the Trinamool Congress has removed him from all posts, including that of the party’s general secretary.