Officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), probing the multi-crore teacher recruitment scam, on Tuesday conducted search operations at two flats and another shop allegedly linked to Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide of suspended TMC leader Partha Chatterjee.
Sleuths of ED raided two flats in South Kolkata – one on Panditiya Road and the other in Madurdaha – during the day, along with another nail art shop in the northern part of the city, agency sources said.
ED had earlier recovered around Rs 50 crore in cash, along with jewellery, from her two apartments in Tollygunge and Belghoria areas.
Both Chatterjee and Mukherjee were arrested by the ED on July 23 in connection with its probe into the scam. They will be produced before a PMLA court again on Wednesday, with the 10-day ED custody coming to an end.
Earlier in the day, Mukherjee, on her arrival at ESI hospital in Joka for medical check-up, told waiting reporters that money was placed in her residences without her knowledge.
Chatterjee, who has been relieved of his ministerial duties, had said on a past occasion that he was a “victim of a conspiracy” and expressed displeasure over the TMC’s action to suspend him and remove him from organisational posts.
He had stated that only time would tell if the action taken against him was justified.
The veteran leader claimed that the money recovered during ED raids did not belong to him.