‘It’s Partha’s Money’: WB Minister Was Evasive, Arpita Spilled the Beans

Former West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee remained largely evasive throughout his questioning, however his “shut affiliate” Arpita Mukherjee spilled the beans earlier than the Enforcement Directorate (ED), saying it was “all Partha’s cash” and sought leniency from the investigating company.

News18 has a replica of the 152-page charge sheet submitted by the ED in court docket on Monday in reference to the West Bengal Faculty Service Fee (WBSSC) recruitment rip-off.

Citing Mukherjee’s assertion earlier than the ED, the charge sheet said that she didn’t make true disclosure of the possession of the seized money of Rs 49.8 crore and jewelry price greater than Rs 5 crore earlier. “…she had not made true disclosure resulting from concern of her private safety and that of her mom and that she wished to reveal the true info. Arpita then said that the seized money and jewelry seized from two premises belongs to Chatterjee, and so solely he might clarify,” the ED cost sheet said.

It added that she wished to make a proper software concerning the disclosure for consideration of the court docket. “On this regard, she has made an software for treating this disclosure as an software for taking a lenient view below the provisions of legislation,” the cost sheet said.

The ED, in its set of prices towards Arpita Mukherjee, stated that “she accepted in her assertion dated August 4, 2022 that the massive money hidden at her house belongs to Partha Chatterjee”. The ED doesn’t appear to have given her any leniency because it accused her of “knowingly aiding Chatterjee within the means of concealing the proceeds of crime,” as per the cost sheet.

THE TWO COMPANIES

The cost sheet said that two firms have been fashioned below the “management and lively help” of Chatterjee — Echhay Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and Sentry Engineering Pvt. Ltd — whereby Arpita Mukherjee was made the director.

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“The aim of those firms was laundering the funds by means of depositing the money within the accounts maintained within the title of firms and subsequently buying immovable properties within the title of the businesses. Arpita allowed her financial institution accounts for use by Chatterjee for depositing big money, shopping for properties and managing investments,” the cost sheet said.

The ED said that Arpita Mukherjee even allowed her residential flats located at Membership City heights and Diamond Metropolis South for use to stash “proceeds of crime to the tune of greater than Rs 54.5 crore”.

EVASIVE PARTHA

The ED, in its cost sheet, said that Chatterjee was evasive about most questions. Both he refused to supply an evidence or remained evasive, and on one event, when confronted with a doc, he stated that “the paper would converse itself”, the ED stated.

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On different points, the ED stated Chatterjee expressed his non-cooperation, stating that he by no means acted on the stated paperwork. The ED stated Chatterjee additionally refused to signal the seized paperwork recovered throughout the investigation and termed a few of these as “irrelevant”.

The charge sheet additionally talked about that a large funding happened in Chatterjee’s son-in-law’s faculty. “Investigation carried out below the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA) revealed that money to the tune of Rs 15 crore was infused into the BCM Worldwide Faculty…the bills of Rs. 4.38 crore proven to have been incurred within the development of the college,” the ED stated, pegging the full worth of the BCM Worldwide Faculty at Rs 19.38 crore.​

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