CM Mamata Banerjee On TMC Minister's Arrest In SSC Scam: 'Will Be Punished If Found Guilty'

WB SSC Scam: The TMC has distanced itself from the controversy and said that the onus of the entire development lay with Partha Chatterjee, and not the party.

By Talibuddin Khan
Updated: Mon, 25 Jul 2022 07:52 PM IST
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CM Mamata Banerjee On TMC Minister's Arrest In SSC Scam: 'Will Be Punished If Found Guilty'
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses during TMC Martyr's Day rally at Esplanade, in Kolkata. (ANI Photo)

Amid the heavy criticism and accusations against her party after the arrest of TMC Minister Partha Chatterjee in an alleged school jobs scam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday spoke about the recent controversy and said that "she doesn't support any corruption and wrongdoings and if Chatterjee is found guilty by the judiciary, strict action will be taken against him".

However, the TMC supremo condemned "the malicious campaign against her" and said that "truth must come out but within a time frame". "I don't support corruption or any wrongdoing", Mamata Banerjee said, adding, "If anyone is found guilty, he or she must be punished, but I condemn malicious campaign against me". "Truth must come out but within a time frame", the chief minister further said.

The TMC has distanced itself from the controversy and said that the onus of the entire development lay with Partha Chatterjee, and not the party. The party leadership also made it clear that it will not hesitate to take disciplinary action against Chatterjee if he is found guilty at the end of the investigation.

Terming the case a 'woman-linked incident' the CM said, "I respect women but all are not good. I want the truth to come out. A verdict should be given based on the truth, within a given time frame. If someone is found guilty, I do not mind if they are punished with life imprisonment."

Mamata condemned the 'malicious campaign' against her by CPI(M) and BJP following the ED arresting Partha Chatterjee. "Why should someone tag my picture with the heaps of money seized by ED during the investigation. The BJP and CPIM are doing it. Had I not been into politics, I would have chopped off their tongue for their audacity," she said.

Partha Chatterjee, who is currently the industries and parliamentary affairs minister of the Mamata Banerjee government, was remanded to ED custody till Monday by a lower court in Kolkata. He was the education minister when the alleged teacher recruitment scam took place at West Bengal government-run and-aided schools.

ED personnel raided several locations in the state on July 22 as part of their probe into the money trail involved in a teacher recruitment scam at government-sponsored and aided schools.

Crores of rupees in cash along with other items were allegedly recovered from Mukherjee's residence, sources said. Chatterjee's close associate Arpita Mukherjee was also arrested as part of the ED's investigation into the scam. ED arrested Mukherjee after it recovered huge cash amounting to approximately Rs 20 crore from her residence on Friday.

 

(With Agencies Inputs)

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