Scam in Bengal: ED investigates three companies linked to Arpita Mukherjee

The Directorate of Execution has opened an investigation into three companies linked to Arpita Mukherjee, a close associate of the dismissed Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee. Both have been charged and are being investigated in connection with a teacher recruitment scam in West Bengal.

The agency is investigating Symbiosis Merchants Private Limited, Sentry Engineering Private Limited and Arpita Echhay Entertainment Private Limited. This comes after the agency recovered over Rs 50 crore in cash and gold from its residences.

Mukherjee was appointed as the manager of Symbiosis Merchants, a Kolkata-based company incorporated on March 21, 2011. On paper, the company was found to be in the wholesale business of a variety of products. His brother-in-law Kalyan Dhar was appointed director of the company on July 1, 2021.

She was appointed Director of Sentry Engineering on November 9, 2011. The company was incorporated in 2001, with an authorized share capital of Rs 1 crore. Dhar was also appointed director of the company in 2018. For now, they are the only two directors. On paper, this company is involved in manufacturing special-purpose machinery.

Arpita Echhay was incorporated on October 29, 2014, with her as Director. Dhar was appointed director of the company the same year as Sentry Engineering.

The agency searched four of Aprita’s homes until yesterday. In the first raid, the ED found Rs 21.90 crore in cash, Rs 56 lakh in foreign currency and gold worth Rs 76 lakh, making a total seizure of Rs 23.22 crore. In the second raid, the ED found Rs 27.9 crore and Rs 4.3 crore in gold, weighing 5 kg. The money was packed in wads of 50 lakh for the Rs 2,000 notes and 20 lakh for the Rs 500 notes. The gold was collected in three gold bricks of 1 kg each, six kangans of 500 g each a gold pen and other jewelry.

Meanwhile, the West Bengal government removed Partha Chatterjee from the ministry on Thursday with immediate effect. ”Partha Chatterjee, Minister Responsible, Department of Industry, Trade and Enterprise, Department of Information Technology and Electronics, Department of Parliamentary Affairs and Department of Public Enterprises and Industrial Reconstruction, is relieved from his duties as MIC of the said department with immediate effect,” the official order said.

(With contributions from Munish Pandey)

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