Rs. 20 crores cash, gold bars recovered from Partha Chatterjee aide Arpita Mukherjee's house
Kolkata/IBNS: At least Rs. 20 crores in cash and gold jewellery, as well as gold bars, have been recovered from the Belgharia house of Arpita Mukherjee, the close aide of arrested Bengal Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee- days after the Enforcement Directorate found Rs. 21 crores from her house in Tollygunge.
According to local media reports, the fresh pile of cash has been recovered from a shelf at Mukherjee's apartment in Belgharia.
Bank officials have been rushed to the spot with note-counting machines. The counting of cash is still underway.
The ED officials recovered more documents on Wednesday, which are being examined.
Earlier, the ED claimed to have learned explosive details related to the teacher recruitment scam from a black diary recovered from Mukherjee's house.
#ED in a fresh raid seized Rs 15 cr from jailed #TMC Minister #ParthaChatterjee ‘s associate Arpita Mukherjee's Belghoria apartment. Counting still underway. Last week Rs 20 cr was recovered from her south Kol apartment leading to arrest of Partha Chattj. #EnforcementDirectorate pic.twitter.com/cKuswg70KE— India Blooms (@indiablooms) July 27, 2022
ED sources have revealed that the 40 pages in the diary have so much written that it could blow the lid off the secrets related to the SSC scam, according to the India Today report.
Both Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee are in ED's custody following their arrest under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering (PMLA) Act after the recovery of Rs 21 crore in cash from Mukherjee's house.
Chatterjee will be in the custody of the investigating agency till August 3.
Arpita Mukherjee has reportedly told investigators that the money was kickback from the state's massive teacher recruitment scam, NDTV reported.
She also alleged that only Chatterjee and his men had access to the room where the cash was kept. They used to come once every 10 days.
"Partha used my house and that of another woman as a mini-bank. That other woman is also his close friend," Mukherjee reportedly told investigators as per an NDTV report.