27 Jul 2022

Probing Trinamool MLA questions in West Bengal teacher recruitment scam

Trinamool Congress MLA Manik Bhattacharya arrived at the Enforcement Directorate office in Kolkata on Wednesday morning, even before he was asked to appear for questioning over his alleged involvement in the teacher recruitment scam.
Mr. Bhattacharya, legislator from Palashipara in Nadia district and former president of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, was asked to be present at the ED office at the CGO complex in Salt Lake at 12 noon but reached there at 10 am.

He will be questioned in the scam rocking the state from 11 am, ED sources said.

Mr. Bhattacharya's residential premises were searched by Central Agency officials on July 22 and he was asked to appear for questioning before the Central Agency. Meanwhile, state minister Partha Chatterjee and his aide Arpita Mukherjee were taken to ESI Hospital in Joka for a medical check-up, sources said.

The ED, which is probing the alleged money trail in the scam, has recovered over ₹20 crore in cash, apart from jewelery and foreign exchange, from Ms Mukherjee's flat.

Both are now in ED custody.

Mr Chatterjee, the TMC general secretary in charge of parliamentary affairs, was in charge of education when the alleged appointment scam took place.

The ED arrested Mr. Chatterjee on Saturday in connection with the investigation into recruitment irregularities by the School Service Commission.

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