Chatterjee, who Enforcement Directorate Arrested in connection with a school job scam, earlier in the day repeatedly asked questions by the media whether he would resign by answering why he should do so.
Chatterjee, who is now in ED custody, was approached by journalists outside a hospital where he was taken for a medical check-up before being questioned by the central agency.
Reacting to his comments, Ghosh said, “He has many portfolios as a cabinet minister. How will he give up the tag of being an influential person, it is for him to answer.”
Chatterjee is the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Parliamentary Affairs, Information Technology and Electronics, Public Enterprises and Industrial Reconstruction. The ED has described him as an “influential figure” in the Calcutta High Court.
hours later ChatterjeeAfter his arrest on July 23, Ghosh had told reporters that at present the party will not remove him from the post of a cabinet minister or general secretary of TMC.
His official car, which was used for more than 15 years, was deposited in the state assembly on Tuesday, amid growing opposition demands to remove Chatterjee from the cabinet.
TMC mouthpiece “Jago Bangla” (Wake Up, Bengal) has stopped naming Chatterjee as a minister or general secretary of the party. However, his name is still in the line of printers as its editor.
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.
Chatterjee was the education minister when the alleged irregularities took place.