ED investigates the infusion of ill-gotten gains in the real estate and entertainment industries

Kolkata, July 30 (IANS): Poorly received multimillion-pound profits from the West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC) scam may have been invested in real estate and film production by Partha Chatterjee and others, an Enforcement Directorate (ED) source revealed.

The agency has access to several documents which are now being scanned.

“Several people’s names have emerged. We find out more about their activities and connections to Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee. Many of them are real estate developers. We have also received some leads on the financing of several high rise complexes in South Kolkata from Partha Chatterjee. The former minister may also have used his influence to get land from original owners who may not have agreed to offers from developers,” an ED official said.

Among the title documents seized are title deeds for several apartments, some in the name of Chatterjee’s relatives and associates.

In most cases, the developers had ties to the suspended leader of the Trinamool Congress, who wielded considerable influence and was even considered No. 2 in the hierarchy after party leader and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“We are also trying to establish the activities of Echhay Entertainment Pvt Ltd, which appears to be owned by Arpita Mukherjee. Even Arpita Mukherjee’s mother has claimed that her daughter owned a production company. Has money been pumped into the film industry, both in West Bengal and in neighboring states? The introduction of black money into film production is not new. Even TV series may have been produced with that money,” the official added.

The ED source said some in the film and television industry have been in contact with the agency over the past few days, complaining about how new funding sources have been putting them off work. These funding projects insist on new faces and even specialists who have been working in this area for years are ignored.

Even Arpita Mukherjee, a true nobody, landed a few roles in Tollywood.

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