Former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and his assistant Arpita Mukherjee are held under judicial guardianship in different jails with high security, indeed as the Enforcement Directorate claimed to have seized more documents related to a plutocrat-laundering inquiry against them.
The agency has traced a link between a company, Ananta Texfab Pvt Ltd which has Mukherjee’s Belghoria apartment as its listed address, and the former minister’s family members, according to the compliances made by a special court that rejected their bail operations on Friday. The agency seized about Rs27.90 crore from the same apartment last month.
Further, more than 50 bank accounts are under the agency’s scanner, and it’s seeking account statements that will be transferred for forensic inspection, ED sources said.
Mukherjee, on a 14- day judicial guardianship, has been kept in a separate cell in the women’s corrective home in Kolkata’s Alipur, and Chatterjee in a cell in the high-profile section of the Presidency Correctional Home, also in the same position.
She’s kept independently in a cell under the special court’s direction, following apprehensions raised by ED’s lead advocate and Mukherjee’s counsel about her safety.
Chatterjee, who was also transferred to judicial guardianship for 14 days on Friday, is now staying in the” safest” cell in the high-profile section of the Presidency Correctional Home.
Other convicts in the jail include American Centre attack architect Aftab Ansari, Sarada virgin fund proprietor Sudipta Sen, and Trinamool leader and former Maoist Chhatradhar Mahato.
According to jail sources, Chatterjee lamented choosing politics over a commercial career. After entering the Presidency Correctional Home on Friday evening, the former minister Chatterjee said” this day wouldn’t have come if he did not leave his commercial job and entered into the politics”, said one of them.
He’s keeping silent in his cell and avoiding talking to others in the cell, the sources said.
Sarada principal Sudipta Sen’s close assistant, Debjani Mukhopadhyay, was before lodged in the cell where Mukherjee is presently housed.