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Bengal school jobs scam: Rs 29 crore in cash, 5 kg gold found at Arpita's second flat; Rs 50 cr found so far

Bengal school jobs scam: The federal agency had called in bank officials, who brought note-counting machines, to count the cash recovered.

Reported By : Atul Bhatia Edited By : Paras Bisht
Kolkata
Updated on: July 28, 2022 11:34 IST
Rs 29 crore in cash, 5 kg gold found at Arpita's another
Image Source : TWITTER@ANI Rs 29 crore in cash, 5 kg gold found at Arpita's another flat

Highlights

  • Another Arpita flat raided, another Rs 20 crore tumbles out
  • The latest raids brings the total cash recovered to Rs 50 crore till now
  • Cash counting machines were also brought by ED to the residence of Mukherjee

Bengal school jobs scam: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday morning concluded raids after 18 hours at the second flat of Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide of West Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee and seized a huge amount of cash. The federal agency sleuths unearthed cash totalling Rs 29 crore and 5 kg gold from premises in Kolkata allegedly linked to Arpita Mukherjee. 

The recovery came five days after the ED seized Rs 21 crore in cash from another flat of Arpita Mukherjee. This brings the total cash recovered to Rs 50 crore till now. The ED raided Arpita Mukherjee's property located at Belgharia Town Club. According to ED, the flat of her mother at Belgharia Club town in North 24 Parganas and three other premises were covered in the raid initiated Wednesday evening. 

A notice pasted there mentions a due maintenance amount of Rs 11,819 against her name. Cash counting machines were also brought by ED to the residence of Mukherjee. One of the two flats of Arpita Mukherjee, in Belghoria has been sealed by ED. 

ED officials also conducted a raid at the residence of businessman Manoj Jain in Ballygunge. Jain is reportedly an aide of state minister Partha Chatterjee. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday arrested Partha Chatterjee in connection with the West Bengal Primary Education Board recruitment scam. 

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The arrests took place following the raids by the central probe agency in which it seized over Rs 20 crore in cash from the premises of his close associate Arpita Mukherjee. She was also arrested. Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials had on Friday raided the residences of Partha Chatterjee and another Bengal Minister Paresh Adhikari.

A total of more than 20 mobile phones have also been recovered from the premises of Arpita Mukherjee, the purpose and use of which is being ascertained, said the probe agency. Besides cash, a number of other incriminating documents, records, details of dubious companies, electronic devices, foreign currency and gold has also been recovered from various premises of the persons linked to the scam. 

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