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West Bengal Teacher Recruitment scam: Partha Chatterjee, Arpita Mukherjee's judicial custody extended till February 7
Kolkata: A Special CBI Court has extended the judicial custody of former State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee till February 7 in connection with the West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC) recruitment scam.
His associate Arpita Mukherjee's custody was also extended till the same date. Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee were produced virtually before the Special CBI Court in Bichar Bhawan.
The court had directed the Superintendent of the Presidency Correctional Home (Alipore Jail) to supply adequate medicines after Partha Chatterjee and Arpita made a complaint.
Last year, the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) had filed a prosecution complaint against eight accused including Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee in the Teachers Recruitment Scam in West Bengal before the PMLA Special Court, Kolkata.
According to ED officials, six entities were used for money laundering. Partha and Arpita used M/s Echhay Entertainment Pvt Ltd, Ananta Texfab Pvt Ltd, Symbiosis Merchants Pvt Ltd, Sentry Engineering Pvt Ltd, Viewmore Highrise Pvt Ltd and APA Utility Services to launder the money.
In October 2022, the CBI filed a chargesheet against 12 persons, including the former chairman of the WBCSSC, Subiresh Bhattachary, in connection with the alleged illegal appointment of assistant teachers through the WBSSC.
The CBI also named a former assistant secretary of the WBCSSC, an ex-advisor, two former programme officers of the commission and six others in the chargesheet submitted before an Alipore special judge.
The accused in the chargesheet were identified as Santi Prasad Sinha, Ashok Kr Saha, Kalyanmoy Ganguly, Parna Bose, Samarjit Acharya, Prasanna Kumar Roy, Pradip Singh, Jnui Das, Md Azad Ali Mirza, Imam Momin and Rohit Kumar Jha. (ANI)