School job scam: ED official says Bengal minister’s ‘close aide’ Arpita Mukherjee ran 12 shell companies

Kolkata, 25 July

A senior Enforcement Directorate official said on Monday that preliminary investigations have revealed that Arpita Mukherjee, known to be a “close aide” of arrested Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee, was mainly known for “financial manoeuvre”. At least 12 shell companies were running.

He said documents “supporting the existence of such companies” have been recovered from Mukherjee’s Joka flat during a search operation on Saturday evening.

The ED officials suspect involvement of some lesser-known actors as well as people from various production houses in Odisha and Tamil Nadu, the official said.

Mukherjee has also acted in several Bengali and Oriya films.

“We have got documents from Arpita’s Joka flat, which indicates that she was operating several shell companies for financial maneuvering. We have documents of 12 such companies. There may be involvement of people in Odisha and Tamil Nadu, Whom we believe, took the money,” the official told PTI.

The agency official said the ED is “closely tracking” some people from Odisha and Tamil Nadu and may question them soon.

“We are also trying to ascertain whether Arpita has invested in any film production house or not. We have many documents, files, signed papers to suggest so,” he added.

A city court on Sunday sent Mukherjee to one-day ED custody. He was arrested after a marathon interrogation at his residence, where crores of rupees in cash and other valuables were allegedly recovered by the officials of the central agency.