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SSC Scam: Partha Chaterjee Shifted To Hospital, ED Moves Calcutta HC

The West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on Saturday morning and is taken to hospital.

Mumbai: Partha Chatterjee, the west Bengal minister who was detained on Saturday by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) as part of its investigation into an alleged school recruitment scam, was taken to the hospital later in day after complaining of unease, a representative of the agency said. A few hours after the senior minister was given a two-day ED custody order by a municipal court, Chatterjee who has medical issues, was admitted to the ICCU of the state-run SSKM Hospital.

Later, after his condition “a little bit” improved, he was transferred to a cabin, according to a hospital representative. While this is going on, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is looking into the multi-billion dollar financial scheme involving the recruitment, has turned its attention to the participation of another woman, who is apparently Chatterjee’s close aide.

Several tests including ECG were conducted on the TMC secretary general after he was hospitalised. “He is stable at the moment. A team of doctors are keeping a close watch on his condition,” an official told PTI.

ED has filed a petition in Calcutta High Court and has demanded immediate hearing on the issue.

Congress leadert Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury stated that “everyone in Bengal knew about this scam” in response to the minister’s detention and urged the agencies to quickly apprehend the offenders. Everyone in Bengal was aware of this (scam). Following the court’s involvement, investigative agencies got to work. We want the guilty to be held accountable,” Chowdhury said on Saturday to ANI.

The ED had arrested Chaterjee on Saturday in connection with the alleged SSC scam After almost 26 hours of questioning in his home as part of the investigation since Friday morning, the secretary general of the Trinamool Congress, who served as the state education minister at the time the alleged irregularities occurred, was taken into custody.

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