ED ties up 40 real estate properties, 35 bank accounts worth Rs 48.22-cr in Bengal teacher recruitment scam

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached properties worth Rs 48.22 crore consisting of 40 real estate properties valued at Rs 40.33 crore and 35 bank accounts having a balance of Rs 7.89 crore in the teacher recruitment scam in West Bengal, the agency announced on Monday.

Adjoining properties include apartments, farmhouse, prime land in the city of Kolkata and bank balance. The attached properties happen to be the “beneficial property” of former West Bengal Minister of Education Partha Chatterjee and his close associate Arpita Mukherjee, who were in police custody for their alleged involvement in the scam of recruiting multi-crore teachers to West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC).

“The attached properties are the beneficial ownership of Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee,” the ED said in a statement, adding, “a number of the attached properties have been retained in the names of fictitious corporations and businesses and persons acting as agents for Partha Chatterjee”.

ED had previously arrested Partha Chatterjee and her close associate Arpita Mukherjee on July 23 after conducting searches at various premises linked to the teacher recruitment scam.

Partha Chatterjee previously remained in ED custody from July 23 to August 5.

The ED had previously seized cash totaling Rs 49.80 crore and gold and jewelery worth over Rs 5.08 crore from two premises during the searches conducted on 22 and 27 -July 28.

“With the current attachment, the total seizure of attachments in the case stands at Rs 103.10 crore.”