Arpita Mukherjee’s Panditya Rd apartment raided; safe room with steel door
Trouble appears to be deepening for Arpita Mukherjee, the aide to ex-Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee, in the SSC recruitment scam as the Law Enforcement Directorate conducts fresh raids on her premises in West Bengal on Tuesday. This time the raids were carried out at his apartment in Panditya Road, South Kolkata. Republic learned that one of the rooms in the apartment had an interior steel door made in China and a locksmith had been called to open the door.
“Never seen a door like this”
“I’ve never seen a door like this,” the locksmith said in an exclusive chat with Bangla Republic. It is pertinent to mention here that so far raids have been carried out in Birbhum’s house of Mukherjee and two apartments – one in Diamond City, Tollygunge and one in Belegharia. Also, raids were made on a store in Baranagar. From the raids, so far over Rs 50 crore in cash, 8kg of gold and incriminating documents have been recovered.
“The money is not mine, it was kept there in my absence,” Mukherjee said earlier, allegedly in a bid to shift the blame to Chatterjee. This is in addition to Mukherjee’s confession, in which she said that “close associates of Chatterjee used to come and stack the money and she was not allowed into the apartments.”
Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee’s ER custody extended
Meanwhile, a special PMLA court in Kolkata has extended the custody of former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and his assistant law enforcement officer Arpita Mukherjee for two days. When their 10-day ED custody expired, they were brought before a single judge by Jibon Kumar Sadh, who sent Mukherjee and Chatterjee into ED custody until August 5. .
During the hearing, the ED represented by Additional Solicitor General SV Raju pointed out: “A total of 9 properties were found in Mukherjee’s name, and in 4 of them, Chatterjee is the co- buyer. There is a partnership deed, both Arpita and Partha have 50-50 shares… Where and how did the money come from? We want to know the bank details… Forensics is trying to recover a huge data volume.