The ED told the court on Friday that the life of Arpita Mukherjee is under threat. ED also said that the food and water served to her in jail must be tested.
Former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee’s aide Arpita Mukherjee’s life is under threat, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) told a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court on Friday. The probe agency also told the court that water and food be checked before giving to Mukherjee.
The ED on Friday prayed for 14 days’ judicial remand for Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee who have been arrested in connection with probe into the money trail in the School Service Commission appointments scam.
“We have come to know from intelligence input that Arpita Mukherjee has specific threat perception but there is no threat perception in the case of Partha Chatterjee,” ED’s counsel told the court.
“On November 1, 2012, Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee entered into partnership and formed a company. We have also been enquiring whether this firm was also involved in money laundering or not. We have also recovered phone data for a few periods that need to be confronted by Partha Chatterjee. So we request the court to send them to judicial custody,” ED’s lawyer said.
“As many as 50 accounts are under scrutiny. Arpita Mukherjee should be given food and water after testing in jail,” ED told the court.
Both of them have been in ED remand since their arrest on July 23 in connection with the agency’s investigation into the alleged money trail involved in illegal appointments of teaching and non-teaching staff in teachers’ recruitment scam.