Kolkata. West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday in connection with the teacher recruitment scam. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday raided the houses of about a dozen people, including two ministers, and seized a huge amount of cash in connection with the probe into the teacher recruitment scam. Officials raided the residence of senior West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee here and questioned him for over 11 hours in connection with the probe into the teacher recruitment scam, an agency official said. ED officials also visited the house of another minister Paresh Adhikari in Cooch Behar district in the northern part of the state and spoke to his family members. He (Minister) is presently in Kolkata.
In addition, they simultaneously raided the homes of Shanti Prasad Sinha, former advisor to the West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC), Kalyanmoy Ganguly, former chairman of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, and nine others. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is probing alleged irregularities in recruitment of Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ staff and teachers in government-sponsored and aided schools on the recommendations of the West Bengal School Service Commission on the directions of the High Court. . At the same time, the Enforcement Directorate is engaged in the investigation of alleged money laundering related to this case.
The agency tweeted from its official Twitter account, “ED is conducting search operation in various premises related to recruitment scam in West Bengal School Service Commission and West Bengal Board of Primary Education.” The agency shared four pictures of a huge pile of cash inside a room. Chatterjee, who is now the Minister of Industries and Commerce, was the Education Minister when the alleged scam took place. The CBI has questioned him twice. The first questioning was done on 25 April, while the second time was done on 18 May.
ED is carrying out search operations at various premises linked to recruitment scam in the West Bengal School Service Commission and West Bengal Primary Education Board. pic.twitter.com/i4dP2SAeGG
— ED (@dir_ed) July 22, 2022
Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) termed the raids as a “ploy” by the BJP-led central government to harass political opponents. West Bengal Transport Minister Firhad Hakim said, “The ED raids took place a day after the Martyrs’ Day rally, which had created a stir in the entire country. This is nothing but an attempt to harass and intimidate TMC leaders. The CBI has already questioned them (the ministers) under the direction of the court and they are cooperating. Now the ED is being resorted to to defame him. The BJP has fabricated the case of money laundering. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that the TMC has supported the massive discrepancies in the recruitment process of teachers at the primary, upper primary and secondary levels since coming to power. (from input language)
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FIRST PUBLISHED : July 23, 2022, 10:08 IST