Partha Chatterjee removed from West Bengal cabinet

Arrested Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee on Thursday was removed from ministry with immediate effect, as per the official orders by the state government.

The minister has been accused in West Bengal SSC recruitment scam.

“Partha Chatterjee, accused in West Bengal SSC recruitment scam, relieved of his duties as Minister in Charge of his Departments with effect from 28th July,” tweeted news agency ANI citing the West Bengal government.

Partha Chatterjee, accused in West Bengal SSC recruitment scam, relieved of his duties as Minister in Charge of his…

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Earlier today, Trinanmool Congress (TMC) leader Kunal Ghosh had urged his party to sack Chatterjee and also remove him from all party posts following allegations of his role in massive school jobs scam.

“Partha Chatterjee should be removed from the ministry and all party posts immediately. He should be expelled. If this statement is considered wrong, the party has every right to remove me from all posts,” the state general secretary Kunal Ghosh said in a tweet.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday had arrested Chatterjee in connection with the West Bengal School Service Commission and West Bengal Primary Education Board recruitment scam.

The ED also claimed to have seized a huge amount of cash in the case. Partha Chatterjee, who is the current minister for industries and commerce of West Bengal, was formerly the state’s education minister. He was holding charge when the alleged illegal appointments were made in government-run and aided schools by West Bengal School Service Commision (WBSSC)

Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials also claimed to have recovered cash amounting to approximately Rs 29 crore from the residence of Arpita Mukherjee, a close associate of the West Bengal Minister. The total cash recovered in the case is learnt to be higher.

Besides cash a number of other incriminating documents, records, details of dubious companies, electronic devices, foreign currency and gold has also been recovered from various premises of the individuals linked to the scam.

(With inputs from ANI)

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William Murphy

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