What an irony it is that at a time when the citizens of this country were busy filing the income-tax returns, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) was busy unearthing mountains of hoarded and stolen wealth from a bunch of politicians. And that list includes ousted West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee.
Partha Chatterjee is among those arrested by the ED in the West Bengal SSC scam. He and his associates are accused of irregularities in the recruitment of staff and teachers in the government-sponsored and aided schools. CBI is investigating the case while the ED is tracking the money. So far, at least Rs 50 crore in cash, gold ornaments and several properties have been seized by the ED.
Here is what the ED has found in the latest:
The ED is looking into a GST number linked to accused No 2 and Partha Chatterjee’s close associate, Arpita Mukherjee. Reportedly, there are two GST numbers, out of which one is linked to a beauty parlour business and the other is not linked to any business. ED suspects the other GST number could have been generated illegally to evade taxes.
West Bengal SSC recruitment scam | ED search underway at ‘Magic Touch’ in Patuli, Kolkata; property owned by Arpita Mukherjee, arrested close aid of former WB Minister Partha Chatterjee. pic.twitter.com/ynj7LEJASh
— ANI (@ANI) August 2, 2022
The ED conducted raids at six locations in the case on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. The agency found a nail art studio in Patuli owned by Mukherjee. The studio was located in a building owned by a TMC councillor. The studio was sealed and the councillor was also interrogated by the agency.
Reports suggest at least three nail art studios belonging to Mukherjee were raided.
ED officials are still conducting marathon search at a south #Kolkata high