Sujay Krishna Bhadra, a TMC aide arrested in Bengal recruitment scam, remanded in 14-day ED custody.
Sujay Krishna Bhadra, accompanied by Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials, produced at a local court in Kolkata. (Photo: PTI)
Sujay Krishna Bhadra, popularly known as Kalighat er Kaku, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday in the Bengal recruitment scam, has been remanded in ED custody for 14 days.
Bhadra, an aide of TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee, was apprehended for his alleged involvement in the illegal appointments made in various state-run and aided schools in Bengal.
Despite his bail petition being rejected by a special court in Kolkata on Wednesday, Bhadra will have his next court appearance on June 14, which marks the end of his custody period.
Sujay Krishna Bhadra was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) due to his lack of cooperation during a 12-hour-long questioning session.
He had previously appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) multiple times, as they are conducting a parallel investigation into the recruitment scam. The Trinamool Congress chose not to respond to the arrest, but questioned whether it was an attempt to divert attention from the political development of Congress MLA Bayron Biswas joining the TMC.
On the other hand, the BJP regarded this arrest as the most significant one thus far in the School Service Commission (SSC) scam.
In relation to the multi-crore scam, the ED has previously arrested Partha Chatterjee, former education minister of West Bengal, his associate, and several high-ranking officials from the education department.
In addition to the previous arrests, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has also apprehended TMC MLAs Jiban Krishna Saha and Manik Bhattacharya as part of the ongoing investigation.
Bhattacharya, a former president of the West Bengal Board of Primary Education, was among those arrested. Following his arrest, the TMC has suspended Partha Chatterjee from the party and removed him from the state cabinet.
However, the party has not taken any action against Bhattacharya yet. The investigation into the recruitment scam continues with these latest developments.