The arrested minister made 3 calls to Mamata Banerjee, from 2:30 a.m.: the cops
West Bengal Minister Partha Chatterjee made three calls to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after his arrest but all three went unanswered, an official document reveals.
Partha Chatterjee’s ‘Arrest Memo’ says the 70-year-old singled out his boss Mamata Banerjee for his phone call to a ‘relative/friend whom the arrested person intends to inform’.
His first call, after his arrest around 1:55 a.m., was made at 2:33 a.m.
“He called her but she didn’t answer his call,” the memo reads.
Mr. Chatterjee called again at 3:37 and 9:35, again without success.
According to the police, anyone accused is allowed to call a relative or friend to inform them of their arrest.
The Trinamool Congress denied the whole episode. The party’s Firhad Hakim said there was “no way” the arrested minister would call Mamata Banerjee as his phone was with the law enforcement directorate.
Mr Chatterjee, who was Bengal’s education minister, was arrested on Saturday for money laundering in connection with a school scam.
He was accused of playing a role in alleged wrongdoing in the appointment of teachers and teaching staff by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education to government sponsored and aided schools.
About Rs 20 crore in cash was later found in the house of a close associate of Mr Chatterjee, Arpita Mukherjee.
Mr. Chatterjee was hospitalized shortly after being taken into custody by the Directorate of Enforcement as he complained of being unwell. The Law Enforcement Directorate addressed the court saying he should be moved out of the state-run SSKM Hospital in Kolkata, where he was known to assert his influence as a powerful minister .
Following an order from the Calcutta High Court to take him to AIIMS-Bhubaneswar, Mr Chatterjee was flown to Odisha by air ambulance this morning.
The court also asked for it to be produced virtually after being examined by the hospital today.