Jailed Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee leaves SSKM hospital for AIIMS Bhubaneswar – Arrested Minister Made 3 Calls To Mamata Banerjee, Starting 2.30 AM: Cops

After his arrest, West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee made three calls to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee but all three went unanswered, an official document revealed. Partha Chatterjee’s “arrest memo,” says the 70-year-old chose his boss Mamata Banerjee to call her “a relative/friend whom the detainee wanted to inform”.

His first call after his arrest at around 1.55 was made at 2.33 am. She called him but he did not pick up her call, the memo records. Mr. Chatterjee called again at 3.37 am and again at 9.35 am, again with no luck.

According to the police, any accused person is allowed to call a relative or friend to inform them of their arrest. The Trinamool Congress has denied the entire incident. The party’s Firhad Hakim said there was “no question” of calling arrested minister Mamata Banerjee as her phone was with the Enforcement Directorate.

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Mr. Chatterjee, who was Bengal’s education minister, was arrested on Saturday on money-laundering charges linked to the school jobs scam.
He was accused of alleged wrongdoing in the recruitment of school teachers and teachers in government-sponsored and aided schools by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education. Around ₹ 20 crores in cash were later recovered from the house of Mr. Chatterjee’s close associate Arpita Mukherjee.

Mr. Chatterjee was admitted to the hospital only after he was sent to the custody of the Enforcement Directorate after he complained of discomfort.

Arpita Mukherjee Partha Chatterjee

Jailed Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee leaves SSKM hospital for AIIMS Bhubaneswar

Jailed Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee leaves SSKM hospital for AIIMS Bhubaneswar - Arrested Minister Made 3 Calls To Mamata Banerjee, Starting 2.30 AM: Cops
Jailed Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee leaves SSKM hospital for AIIMS Bhubaneswar – Arrested Minister Made 3 Calls To Mamata Banerjee, Starting 2.30 AM: Cops

Officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) reached the state-run SSKM Hospital in Kolkata early on Monday where Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee, arrested in connection with the school jobs scam, is admitted.

Chatterjee will be shifted to AIIMS in Bhubaneswar in an air ambulance, along with a doctor from SSKM Hospital and his lawyer, as per orders of the Calcutta High Court. The minister was seen leaving the hospital in a wheelchair and being taken to an ambulance for the airport. The flight took off at around 8:40 am.

The court ordered the minister to appear in the special ED court in Kolkata at 4 pm on Monday in virtual mode. A multi-crore scandal involving the appointment of teachers in state government-sponsored and aided schools took place when Chatterjee, who is also the general secretary of the Trinamool Congress, held the education portfolio. Jobs are offered in exchange for money, where genuine candidates are alleged to have suffered.

The federal agency challenged the lower court’s order sending Chatterjee to SSKM Hospital in the High Court, rejecting his bail plea and granting the agency two days’ custody. It moved the review petition before the High Court and sought a hearing on Sunday claiming urgency.

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