The Enforcement Directorate on Monday attached properties worth Rs 48.22 crore of former Education Minister of West Bengal Partha Chatterjee and his close aide Arpita Mukherjee as part of their investigation in the alleged teacher recruitment scam of 2019.
“A number of the attached properties were kept in the name of dummy companies and firms and persons acting as proxy for Partha Chatterjee,” the Enforcement Directorate said in a statement.
The attached properties comprise 40 immovable properties valued at Rs 40.33 Crore and 35 bank accounts having a balance of Rs 7.89 crore. The assets also include flats, a farmhouse, and a piece of land in Kolkata.
During searches conducted in July, the central agency had seized Rs 49.80 crore in cash and gold and jewellery valued at over Rs 5.08 crore. This brings the total amount of attached properties to over Rs 103 crore in the case.
The Enforcement Directorate had arrested Chatterjee and Mukherjee under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act on July 23. On September 16, a Kolkata court sent Chatterjee to the custody of Central Bureau of Investigation till September 21 for his alleged involvement in the irregularities in the recruitment of teaching and non-teaching staff in government-sponsored and aided schools.
Chatterjee was the state education minister in 2019…