West Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee and his aide Arpita Mukherjee have been taken into custody by the Directorate of Law Enforcement until August 3. The two were arrested on July 23 in connection with a teacher recruitment scam.
Earlier today, Chatterjee was taken to Kolkata Airport from the city’s SSKM Hospital via a green corridor. After landing in Bhubaneswar, Chatterjee was transferred to AIIMS, where a thorough health check was carried out, after which he was transferred to a special cabin. AIIMS said that although the minister has chronic health conditions, he does not need to be hospitalized.
The Calcutta High Court has ordered that a medical examination of the defendants be carried out every 48 hours of their detention in the emergency room. The court also ordered the investigator not to torture the defendants.
Partha Chatterjee, Bengal’s Minister of Industries, was arrested on Saturday for money laundering in connection with a school scam. He was accused of playing a role in allegedly illegal appointments of teachers and staff to state schools when he was education minister.
Around Rs 20 crore in cash was found in the house of a close associate of Partha Chatterjee, Arpita Mukherjee. Images of mountains of silver erupted on television screens. The minister was arrested after midnight. The Directorate of Law Enforcement said the minister was in contact with Ms Mukherjee and that the money found in her home was ‘proceeds of crime’.