Enforcement Directorate (ED), probing the alleged money laundering link in the teachers’ recruitment scam today claimed in court that lion’s share of the proceeds, to the tune of Rs 30 crore allegedly taken for promoting undeserving candidates as teachers, had found its way into the accounts of arrested Trinamul Youth Congress general secretary Kuntal Ghosh, who was today sent to Judicial custody by the court till 17 February.
Add to that the central agency also claimed that Ghosh’s two accounts which were searched were found to have over Rs 6 crore and interrogation for the last couple of days also led the Investigation agency to believe that the alleged proceeds of crime had finally parked in the former education minister Partha Chatterjee’s accounts.
To make matters worse for the Hooghly Trinamul leader, the ED had recovered OMR sheets along with admit cards of alleged aspirants from his Rajarthat residence.
The ED claimed that 200 OMR sheets had been retrieved from the Ghosh’s residence of which 30 were found to be for the 2022 TET exam.
This prompted justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay to observe that some miscreants were out to ruin the state.
Kuntal, who had revealed several names, including Tapas Mondal, the alleged close aide of the former primary board president Manik Bhattacharya and Bengal Teachers’ Training Association president, today alleged that he was a victim of a conspiracy allegedly hatched by Mondal with props from the BJP and would reveal tell-all in the court.
Mondal, who had earlier accused Ghosh of being the beneficiary of over Rs 19cr in teachers’ recruitment scam, however, contested the Trinamul youth leader’s charge, saying whatever he had to say should tell the investigation agency and the court if he had any proof against him whatsoever.
“I have relations with many political personalities and know them personally as my profession demands but that does not mean I am a political person. He (Ghosh) should prove his statements in the court.