The central probe agency had sought 14-day custody of the Bengal minister. Now he will be produced in the special PMLA court on Monday.
His lawyer Somnath Mukherjee said that his health was not well and he was suffering from heart ache. “We demanded that if ED’s custody is given, he should be given proper medical facilities.”
Chatterjee was formally arrested after a marathon interrogation of over 26 hours, which began on Friday morning, in which over a dozen documents were seized from his residence in Nakatla.
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.
Sukanta Acharya, a former bureaucrat who was associated with Parth Chatterjee Because since 2011 his personal secretary was also questioned by ED officials and later he was taken into custody.
The Trinamool minister was taken to Joka ESI Medical College Hospital for investigation after his arrest. From there he was taken to the Kolkata Sessions Court (Bankshall Court).
Chatterjee told reporters outside the hospital that he tried to contact the chief minister and TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee, but could not.
Chatterjee was the state education minister when the alleged scam took place 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.
Chatterjee, currently the Minister of Industries and Commerce, was also questioned twice by the CBI, once on April 26 and again on May 18.