"Don't Support Corruption": Mamata Banerjee After Bengal Minister's Arrest
Mamata Banerjee was today silent about Partha Chatterjee’s arrest yesterday. She said that she didn’t believe in corruption and she was not supporting any wrongdoing, as if she were trying to distance herself form the Trinamool Congress leader she used to count among her close aides.
However, the Chief Minister stated that “BJP is mistaken if it believes it can destroy my party using agents.”
Partha Chatterjee (Bengali Industries Minister) was charged with money laundering in relation to a scheme for school jobs. As Education Minister, Partha Chatterjee was accused of illegally appointing schoolteachers to government-run schools.
Arpita Mokherjee was a close friend of Partha Chatterjee. She found around Rs 20 crore of cash in her house. On TV, images showed mountains of cash. After midnight, the minister was taken into custody. According to the Enforcement Directorate, the minister had been in touch with Ms Mukherjee. The cash she found at her house was “proceeds for crime”.
“If any one is found guilty, they or she should be punished. But I reject any malign campaign against my character.” Mamata Banerjee stated, “The truth has to come out but in a reasonable timeframe.”