The Trinamool minister is being taken to the CGO premises in North-East Kolkata’s Salt Lake, where the ED office is located. He will be produced in court today. Chatterjee’s arrest came after a marathon interrogation of over 26 hours, which began on Friday morning.
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An ED official said, “He was not cooperating with our officials who were questioning him since Friday morning. He will be produced in a court later in the day.”
Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide of the minister, has also been taken into custody. The ED had recovered unaccounted cash worth Rs 20 crore from Mukherjee’s residence in south Kolkata a day earlier.
Chatterjee was the state education minister when the scam happened and the ED is probing the money laundering aspect of those allegedly involved in it.
The agency on Friday conducted simultaneous raids at the homes of former West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) advisor Shanti Prasad Sinha, former West Bengal Board of Secondary Education chairman Kalyanmoy Ganguly and nine others.
The CBI, directed by the Calcutta High Court, is probing alleged irregularities in recruitment of Group-C and D staff as well as teachers in government-sponsored and aided schools on the recommendations of the West Bengal School Service Commission. The ED is tracking the money trail in the scam.