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West Bengal SSC scam: ED chargesheets 6 companies, 2 individuals; submits 14000 page document

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In connection with the West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) corruption case, Enforcement Directorate on Monday filed a chargesheet against former minister Partha Chatterjee and his close friend Arpita Mukherjee before the PMLA court in City Session.

On July 23, Chatterjee and Mukherjee were both detained in connection with the recruiting fraud under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, and the ED later retrieved millions of dollars from her apartment. The chargesheet against the six businesses—Ichhe Entertainment, Symbiosis Merchants, Apa Utility Services, Ananta Texfab, Viewmore Highrise, Sentry Engineering—as well as the two individuals (Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee) has been filed, according to the ED counsel. A 14,000-page document has also been submitted with the chargesheet.

In accordance with its investigations into the fraud, the ED raided numerous locations that were reportedly connected to Arpita Mukherjee. As a result of these raids, the ED was able to collect cash totaling roughly Rs. 50 crore, foreign money, jewellery, and gold biscuits.

The agency announced on Monday that it had temporarily attached properties totaling Rs 48.22 crore in the West Bengal Teachers Recruitment Scam, adding that it had discovered that Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee were the beneficial owners of the properties.

With this, the total amount seized in this case is Rs 103.10 Cr., it stated.

Kalyanmoy Ganguly, the former president of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, was detained earlier on Thursday by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged involvement in the School Service Commission (SSC) scam case.

It is alleged that he extended undue advantage and conspired with others to facilitate the illegal appointment of undeserving and unlisted candidates to the post of Group-C staff in numerous schools throughout the State of West Bengal.

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