India, July 23, 2022: The Enforcement Directorate recovered about Rs 20 crore from actress Arpita Mukherjee, who is allegedly close to former West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee, in connection with the School Service Commission recruitment scam. Arpita Mukherjee is a model and actor who has done minor roles in a few Bengali, Odia, and Tamil films. Arpita has also acted in Bengali movies alongside famous actors including Prosenjit Chatterjee in Mama Bhagne, and Jeet in Partner.
“During the course of searches, the ED has recovered huge cash amounting to approximately Rs 20 crore from the residential premises of Arpita Mukherjee, who is a close associate of Shri Partha Chatterjee. The said amount is suspected to be the proceeds of crime of the SSC Scam. The search team is taking the assistance of bank officials for the counting of cash through cash counting machines. A total of more than 20 mobile phones have also been recovered from the premises of Ms. Arpita Mukherjee, the purpose and use of which is being ascertained,” read a statement issued by the ED.
She has also been the face of promotional campaigns for Partha Chatterjee’s Durga Puja committee called the Naktala Udayan Sangha in 2019 and 2020. Chatterjee’s committee is one of the biggest Durga Puja committees in Kolkata. It is believed that Arpita Mukherjee is connected to Partha Chatterjee through the Durga Puja committee.
Sources claim that piles of cash were found inside WB Govt Education Ministry envelopes with National Emblem printed on them.