June 18, 2021

The Times of Bengal

Manusher Sathe,Manusher Pashe

As soon as he casts his vote at his own center, Perth is called by the ED, calling for another ‘popular’ leader

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#Kolkata: The CBI had summoned Partha Chatterjee, the state’s education minister and Trinamool secretary general, in the face of the vote. Perth was summoned in the I-Core ChitFund Scam. But Perth could not go to the polls at that time. Later on March 26, the CBI sent a notice to Perth again. He was told that he would have to appear on April 6. But on April 10, there was a vote in Perth Babu’s center Behala West, so he did not go on the last day due to the busy schedule. This time Perth Chatterjee was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the same corruption. At the same time, the ED also summoned Bappaditya Dasgupta, the outgoing councilor of Calcutta Municipality near Perth.

According to the investigating agency, Education Minister Perth Chatterjee was seen at the ICO event. The CBI had summoned Perth in a letter from the Vigilance Commission. However, Perth had earlier said in the context of the CBI’s notice, “I have not done anything wrong that should be taken into consideration.” Perth also accused the BJP of using the central agency for political purposes.

Incidentally, like Sarada and Rose Valley, the CBI and ED have also started an investigation into the illegal investment agency ICO. The CBI had earlier arrested Ikor owner Anukul Maiti. But he died while in jail last December. Investigators allege that Perth Chatterjee encouraged ordinary people to invest in the company by attending a meeting of the agency’s agents. According to the investigation, the top authority of ICO was also close to the outgoing councilor of Calcutta Municipality, Bappaditya Dasgupta. Eddie called Perth Babu as well as him to find out the source of that closeness.

However, just before the vote, the Trinamool was vocal about the oversight of the central agencies in the chit fund investigation. The ruling party has alleged that sending one grassroots leader after another to the polls was purely politically motivated. Apart from Perth Babu, the central agencies had earlier summoned Kunal Ghosh, Madan Mitra and Sameer Chakraborty. This time Perth Chatterjee is the target.



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