Again an evasive reply, says ED as Partha Chatterjee denies link to trust in deceased wife's name

During the investigation under the money laundering laws, the ED found the land was purchased in the name of Partha Chatterjee's firm.

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Partha Chatterjee denies involvement with trust in the name of his late wife, Babli Chatterjee
Partha Chatterjee denies involvement with trust in the name of his late wife, Babli Chatterjee.

The Enforcement Directorate claimed 26 decimal lands were purchased in the name of APA utility services from 201 companies represented by one Sudhir Das. A source said that APA utility services is a firm wherein Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee were partners.

During the interrogation, Partha Chatterjee was shown all the documents by the ED officers related to the purchase of the land, though he didn't admit it and stated those documents were not his. During the investigation under the money laundering laws, the enforcement directorate came to know that the land was purchased in the name of his partnership firm.

The ED sought further information from an additional district sub-registrar which reveals that in 2012, 16 decimal lands were purchased in the Sonarpur area under South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal in the name of APA utility service from 201 companies represented by one Subir Das. The Enforcement directorate claims in the chargesheet that Partha Chatterjee was shown a copy of the deed and he was asked about this property purchase and Subir Das.

He said, "I had replied earlier to this question and these documents were not mine."

The ED also claimed that they had found a trust, namely M/s Babli Chatterjee foundation. Babli Chatterjee is the name of the wife of Partha Chatterjee, who passed away a few years ago. As per ED claims, on being asked about the trust, Partha Chatterjee stated that the question had already been replied to by him earlier. He also said that he was not a member of this trust.

During the investigation, the officials also discovered that the authorised signatory of the trust was Kalyanmoy Bhattacharya, who is the son-in-law of Partha Chatterjee. Stating Chatterjee's statements were contradictory, the ED claimed he had been concealing the truth before the investigating officer and not cooperating with the investigation.

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