Partha Chatterjee claimed on Friday that he was the victim of a plot against him, a day after he was demoted from all of his TMC positions and divested of his ministerial responsibilities following his detention in connection with a school recruiting scam.
The 69-year-old leader, who is being held by the Enforcement Directorate, was brought to the ESI hospital at Joka on the city’s southern outskirts for a daytime medical examination.
Reporters approached Chatterjee as he got off a car and he said he was only a victim of a scheme. When the alleged scam was carried out, Chatterjee, who was the minister for industries and legislative affairs, held the education portfolio.
Arpita Mukherjee, one of his close associates, was also detained by the ED after large sums of cash worth crores were confiscated from her homes in various parts of the city.
In the city’s Chinar Park neighborhood on Thursday night, central agency agents searched a third flat connected to Mukherjee.
In front of central force officers, ED sleuths forced open the apartment’s entrance door because the flat was locked and the keys could not be found. Earlier, a raid was conducted in Mukherjee’s apartment in the Belghoria neighborhood, where a sizable amount of unaccounted cash, along with gold and silver, was reportedly discovered.
Over Rs 21 crore in cash was reportedly taken by the central agency from another Mukherjee apartment in the Tollygunge neighborhood. According to ED sources, the price of gold jewelry is still being determined.