Kolkata : A special CBI court here on Thursday rejected former West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee’s bail petition, extending his current judicial custodial term for another two weeks, court sources said.
The special Central Bureau of Investigation court, while rejecting Chatterjee’s bail petition and those of six others in the alleged money laundering in the teacher recruitment scam of the state government-aided schools, has fixed February 3 for the next hearing.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Chatterjee on July 23 last year in connection with its probe into the alleged money
laundering in the “teacher recruitment scam” case.
Along with Partha Chatterjee, the court also sent Kalyanmoy Ganguly, the former president of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, SP Sinha, the former advisor of West Bengal School Service Commission, Subiresh Bhattacharya, the former West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC) chairman and Ashoke Saha, the former SSC chairman to judicial custody for an additional 14 days.
Chatterjee was arrested under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering (PMLA) Act.
The arrest happened after the ED recovered nearly Rs 50 crore in cash from the houses of a close associate of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) minister, Arpita Mukherjee.