Within 58 days of investigation, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is set to file a 172-page charge sheet in the School Service Recruitment Scam in Bankhall court today. The New Indian has learnt that the charge sheet mentioned a total seizure of rupees ₹103.10 crore in the SSC scam.
The highly publicised case involves former Bengal minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) strongman Partha Chatterjee and his close aide Arpita Mukherjee, from whose homes the ED discovered the majority of the cash and incriminating evidence.
Sources also told The New Indian that the central agency had brought the documents for the charge sheet in two aluminium trunks. The charge sheet holds importance as it will reveal the names of the persons who ED suspects to be involved in the scam, apart from Chatterjee and Mukherjee.
ED has provisionally attached properties worth ₹48.22 crore, consisting of 40 immovable properties valued at ₹40.33 crore and 35 bank accounts having a balance of ₹7.89 crore in the scam in Bengal, sources said. “Further investigation is under progress,”, sources added.
Apart from bank accounts, flats, a farmhouse and prime land in the city of Kolkata are among the items attached by the central financial probe agency. The attached properties are found to be beneficially owned by Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee.”A number of the attached properties were kept in the names of dummy companies, firms and persons acting as proxies for Partha Chatterjee,” ED had mentioned in its charge sheet.
ED arrested Chatterjee and Mukherjee on July 23 after carrying out search operations at various premises in connection with the teacher’s recruitment scam. Chatterjee had earlier remained in the custody of the ED from July 23 to August 8.
The ED had earlier seized cash amounting to a total of ₹49.80 crore and gold and jewellery valued at more than ₹5.08 crore during searches at two premises owned by Mukherjee. With the present attachment, the total seizure in the case stands at ₹103.10 crore.