Former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee wept in court
Appealed for bail, said – let me be alive
Investigating agencies have to interrogate many people
Kolkata. Former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee appeared in the special PMLA court at Bichar Bhawan on Monday and started crying during the hearing. He pleaded with the court that ‘he should be allowed to live’. During the court proceedings, Judge Vidyut Kumar Roy asked Partha Chatterjee whether he had anything to say about the allegations. On this Partha Chatterjee said that ‘I am being denied bail. I don’t want to interfere in the investigation, but let me live. Chatterjee appeared in the court after almost a month.
Partha Chatterjee was arrested on 23 July in connection with the teacher recruitment scam. After that crores of rupees were confiscated from the flat of his close aide Arpita Mukherjee. After this, the Enforcement Directorate also arrested Arpita Mukherjee. Central investigating agencies, CBI and ED have interrogated both Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee in custody. ED’s lawyer Bhaskar Prasad Banerjee argued in the court that Arpita Mukherjee’s statement was recorded on October 19. Action is being taken in this regard for further investigation of the crime. Along with this, new facts have also come to the fore in the interrogation of Manik Bhattacharya.
No bail plea filed for Arpita Mukherjee
Although Arpita Mukherjee’s lawyer Neeladri Bhattacharya said that no bail application has been filed for Mukherjee, but the court cannot find any mechanical way to grant the remand. Earlier in the day, Chatterjee’s lawyer Salim Rehman had argued in the special CBI court that the charge sheet had already been filed and the investigation was completed. So now there is no reason why he should be kept behind bars. If the agency feels that Chatterjee may be absconding, then the court can impose a condition on submission of the passport. But now he should be given bail. However, the special CBI court had refused to grant bail to Chatterjee.
If bail is not granted, accused can influence investigation: CBI
Coming out of the CBI court, Partha Chatterjee had said that I am with the party and wish all the best. But on his way to Alipore Court, Partha Chatterjee refused to answer the questions. He said ‘shut up’ while entering the court. Six more arrested people, including accused SP Sinha and Kalyanmoy Gangopadhyay, were also produced in the court. The CBI counsel argued that they cannot be granted bail as the investigation is on and if the bail is granted, the accused persons may try to influence the investigation.
Court said- investigation cannot continue till eternity
In the court of Sheikh Kamaruddin, the CBI lawyer said that he has at least 350 witnesses in this case. So far 10 people have been questioned. To this the judge remarked, that the investigation cannot go on for eternity. Asked CBI for a time limit on this. The CBI officer present in the court said it would take them at least six months to complete the inquiry. He said that we are getting new inputs every day and more arrests cannot be ruled out. Release of the accused persons who are on bail at this time will jeopardize the progress of the case. CBI needs to interrogate suspects other than Sinha. Sinha’s lawyer Sanjibo Dasgupta said he has been in custody for the last 70 days and has no role in further investigation. Also the statements of the witnesses are with the CBI. Sinha is being denied his right to be heard as the CBI has not produced any documents in the court. The CBI court sent seven accused, including Chatterjee, to judicial custody for 14 days.
Tags: Teachers Recruitment Scam, West bengal
FIRST PUBLISHED : October 31, 2022, 22:10 IST