Tuesday, August 16, 2022

SSC Scam: Partha Chatterjee, Removed as Minister and Suspended from TMC, Alleges ‘Conspiracy’


A day after he was relieved from all his ministerial duties in the West Bengal cabinet, and suspended from the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), scam accused Partha Chatterjee on Friday claimed there was a ‘conspiracy’ against him

“I’m a victim of a conspiracy,” Chatterjee, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on July 23 in connection with a school recruitment scam, told reporters.

The now-former Trinamool leader’s remarks came as he deboarded the vehicle in which he was taken to a hospital in Kolkata for a medical check-up.

Chatterjee, who as arrested by the ED on July 23, was West Bengal’s education minister when the SSC scam was allegedly pulled off. Actor Arpita Mukherjee, an aide of the 69-year-old politician, was also arrested by the ED after it found crores of rupees from her various residences in the city.

On Thursday, the central agency recovered ₹27.9 crore in cash and gold worth ₹4.3 crore from one of the apartments belonging to Arpita Mukherjee, after which the total seizures in two raids – the first was conduced on Wednesday – rose to more than ₹50 crore, officials said.

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