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Partha Chatterjee was arrested by the ED on 23 July in the Bengal school recruitment scam.
In this connection, the Central Investigation Agency has also arrested Parth’s aide Arpita Mukherjee.
The ED had recovered jewelery and other valuables, worth crores of rupees, from Mukherjee’s residence.

Kolkata. A special Public Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court, which sent former minister Partha Chatterjee and his aide Arpita Mukherjee to 14-day judicial custody, on Friday allowed Enforcement Directorate officials to interrogate the duo in jail in a related case. Former minister Partha Chatterjee and his aide Arpita Mukherjee have been sent to judicial custody for two weeks by a court in connection with the multi-crore West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC) recruitment scam.

The court said that the investigating officers of the ED will talk to the correctional home superintendents and later they will have to allow officials of the central agency to interrogate Chatterjee and Mukherjee. While Chatterjee has been sent to the Presidency Central Correctional Home, Mukherjee will have to spend two weeks at the Alipore Women’s Correctional Home. Hearing in the matter, ED’s counsel Firoz Edulji specifically insisted on allowing the officials of the central agency to interrogate the duo during their judicial custody.

The court also directed the superintendent of the Alipore Women’s Correctional Home, where Mukherjee will be kept, to ensure his complete security during his judicial custody. The concerned jail officer also directed to update the court on the security measures adopted on August 18, when both will be produced again in the same court.

During the hearing, counsel for both the ED and Mukherjee expressed the apprehension of threat to their lives in jail, while their counsel sought first class prisoner status. At the same time, the ED’s lawyer appealed that the food and liquid that will be given to them should be first examined and then served. Though the court did not specify the status of the first class prisoner, it directed the superintendent of the correctional home concerned to ensure their safety.

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