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Bengal school jobs scam: Partha Chatterjee denies link to cash hauling and draws criticism from TMC

Former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee claimed on Sunday that the money was recovered from two apartments of his associate Arpita Mukherjee in connection with an alleged scam in the recruitment of school staff was not his.

Asked by reporters as he was taken to ESI Hospital, Joka, Kolkata for a medical examination, Chatterjee said: “It’s not my money. I have no money.

When later asked if anyone was conspiring against him, he replied, “You will know when the time comes.”

Chatterjee claimed on Friday that he was the victim of a conspiracy and expressed his displeasure with the Trinamool Congress’s decision to suspend him. “This decision (to suspend me) could influence an impartial investigation…”, he had declared

On Sunday, Arpita was also taken to the same hospital for a checkup as per the court order.

Addressing the former minister heavily, TMC State Secretary General Kunal Ghosh said he had said nothing when given the opportunity to defend himself. “Now, in the past few days, he suddenly senses a conspiracy, saying it’s not his money. He has every right to present documents and evidence in court as a defendant. Tomorrow he may say even he doesn’t know who Arpita Mukherjee is.

BJP MP and Opposition Assembly Leader Suvendu Adhikari accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of being involved in the scam, saying the money recovered was linked to her.

“This is a joint venture between Banerjee and Chatterjee. The money belongs to Mamata and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee. Partha and Arpita Mukherjee were the keepers of the money,” he alleged.

CPI(M) chief Sujan Chakraborty says Chatterjee should reveal the secrets of the organized recruitment scam.

During the day, a rally was organized by the BJP in Narayangarh area in Paschim Medinipur demanding the arrest of all who they called “TMC thieves”.

Aprita’s driver, Pranab Bhattacharya, had told the media that she visited Partha frequently. The ED also questioned him.

Pranab said his cell phone was confiscated.

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The central agency reportedly found links between various accounts of Partha and Arpita Mukherjee.

The ED claimed that Rs 8 crore was deposited into Arpita Mukherjee’s accounts linked to front companies she allegedly controlled.

—With PTI inputs