Partha Chatterjee: ED’s chargesheet clears Partha connection to recruitment scam
Kolkata: No matter how much Partha Chatterjee denies, the ED’s charge sheet clearly shows his links to education corruption. ED claimed in the chargesheet that Arpita had contact with Parthar in 2012. All the recovered cash and jewelery are Parthor, which Arpita admitted during cross-examination. Former education minister Partha Chattopadhyay used to pay Rs 1.5 crore a year for Arpita’s 31 life insurance premiums. Perth is directly involved in the 2014 TET scam of giving jobs to ineligible candidates, the ED said in the charge sheet. In TET unqualified candidates are offered jobs for huge sums of money. ED claims in the charge sheet that Parth and others are involved in this cycle.
The Chargecity ED also claimed that Parthar had close links with this corruption ring for giving jobs. Parth formed a 5-member committee to deal with illegal employment. The ninth and twelfth class teachers are appointed on the recommendation of that committee. Both Partha and Arpita are involved in illegal transactions of money in the name of giving jobs. The ED claimed that the relevant criminal sections of concealing information, systematically abetting corruption, illegal dealings are applicable on Partha-Arpita. Parth initially denied knowing Manik Bhattacharya during the ED interrogation, but later admitted it. ED said in the charge sheet that Manik Bhattacharya’s number is saved in his mobile phone under another name.
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Meanwhile, ED claimed that Parthar also had a WhatsApp chat with Manik before the TET exam. Manik wants to meet face to face before the exam and talk about the interview. Manik Bhattacharya is charging huge money for the job. A person messaged Parth about this and requested to look into the matter. But knowing everything, the education minister was silent till now.
It may be noted that the former education minister of the state, Partha Chatterjee, has been taken into CBI custody. He was questioned in the recruitment corruption investigation. For the past one week, Parth was interrogated even after confronting many people involved in corruption. The term of CBI custody in the preliminary phase ends on Wednesday. Therefore, Parth will be produced in the court on this day. All eyes will be on what the court orders next.