30 Jul 2022

Trinamool MLA who defected from BJP in Probe Agency scanner: Sources

The Trinamool Congress MLA's food and edible oil company has received a notice from the Enforcement Directorate regarding suspicious financial transactions between his company and two Kolkata-based channels, sources said.
The dust has barely settled on the crores of money received from the actor-Instagrammer aide of suspended Trinamool minister Partha Chatterjee when another party MLA, Krishna Kalyani, is expected to be summoned by the Central Investigation Agency anytime.

Mr Kalyani was with the BJP before defecting to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's side. He was appointed as the Chairman of the Trinamool Public Accounts Committee.

Mr Kalyani, who owns Kalyani Solvex Pvt Ltd, a food firm established in 2002, had contested the 2021 assembly elections on a BJP ticket but defected to the Trinamool without resigning from the assembly.

Enforcement Directorate sources said MLA's financial dealings with two Kolkata-based channels are under scrutiny for alleged money laundering.

Trinamool distanced itself from the arrested minister after crores of rupees were recovered from the homes of his aide Arpita Mukherjee.

Mr Chatterjee, who was once close to Ms Banerjee but is now an embarrassment to her, was yesterday dismissed as a minister and removed from all posts in the Trinamool as evidence of the corruption stacked against him.

He is accused of taking bribes for the recruitment of teachers and staff in public schools in 2016, when he was Minister of Education.

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