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Kolkata bribery scandal, investigation continues

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Following recovery of over 500 million Indian Rupees from two apartments owned by a female named Arpita Mukherjee, a model, actress and the main mistress of Kolkata minister Partha Chatterjee, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is digging further into this huge bribery scandal while it is anticipated that the ultimate amount of cash accrued by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) minister might cross few billions of rupees.

Investigative reporters of this newspaper have already succeeded in extracting crucial information about Partha Chatterjee, Arpita Mukherjee and their cohorts.

According to findings, the amount seized by ED from the apartments of Arpita are not bribe money. In fact, Partha Chatterjee was also involved in transnational money-laundering and he was using Arpita Mukherjee, Monalisa Das and few other females as handlers of this illegal trade.

Meanwhile, ED has also booked another female named Monalisa Das, an university professor-cum-actress, who also is a mistress of the corrupt minister. Interrogators of ED are currently quizzing Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee, while it is yet to begin interrogating Monalisa Das. Indian media outlets claim, Monalisa Das might be a much bigger player in the entire episode of bribery scandal.

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Before getting acquainted to the corrupt minister, Arpita Mukherjee has been an actress, model and “high-profile” society girl, while she was attending wealthy clients mainly in posh hotels in India as well as in other countries, including Dubai, Singapore, Thailand and Maldives. In Kolkata, she also has been running a beauty spa, which was actually an under-cover hoondi (hawala) epicenter, receiving and delivering large amount of cash.

Media reports said, Baisakhi Banerjee, a former top aide of Partha Chatterjee has told ED officials that the minister has properties in the name of Arpita Mukherjee, Monalisa Das and few other mistresses and girlfriends.

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The ED is constantly questioning Arpita Mukherjee. Many bank accounts have also been frozen.

Few days ago, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s national vice president Dilip Ghosh claimed despite the fact of being a professor, Monalisa Das mysteriously owns 10 apartments worth billions of rupees. In addition to these apartments, Ms. Das also owns huge property in Santiniketan area. Monalisa Das is the head of the Bengali department at Kazi Nazrul University.

Before getting into inner-circle of Partha Chatterjee, Monalisa Das used to live in a rented house in Vivekananda Palli on SB Gorai Road in Asansol, West Bengal (India). It is also learnt that before becoming wealthy at the courtesy of Partha Chatterjee after becoming his mistress, Monalisa Das was mainly involved in acting and modeling career.

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According to Indian media reports, Monalisa Das in known within a segment of media circle in Bangladesh as an actress. Using this identity, she was meeting various individuals in the country, including several educationists and cultural activists. She reportedly maintains connections with several vice chancellors of universities in Bangladesh, including a former chairman of the Bangladesh University Grants Commission (UGC).

An intelligence source in New Delhi told this correspondent that Mona Das has made several trips at the invitation of the former chairman of UGC, while in March 2019, she went on a private trip to Sundarbans mangrove forest with the vice chancellor in a luxurious steamer. Few other officials of UGC, including the vice chancellor of Khulna University had also took part in this private trip.

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Partha Chatterjee, a transnational money-launderer

Kolkata minister Partha Chatterjee is an active member of the transnational money-laundering cartel, while it is also alleged that he was maintaining connections with Dawood Ibrahim’s D Company as well as few other international money laundering networks, including a London-based money laundering racket run by a Sikh individual named Paul Singh.

According to media reports, Singh is one of the owners of a firm named CS Global Partners, with office in the United Kingdom (10 Dover Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4LQ).

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Paul Singh has been luring thousands of South Asian nationals in secretly buying “second citizenship” in a number of Caribbean countries, including Dominica and launder hundreds of millions of dollars.

In India, CS Global Partners has its office at 29, Jor Bagh, New Delhi 110003, India. Through this office, CS Global Partners has already lured thousands of Indian nationals as well as Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Nepalese, Maldivian and Bhutanese nationals in citizenship of Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis and few more countries and helped them in smuggling out hundreds of millions of dollars and secretly deposit in various off-shore bank accounts as well as invest in Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis etcetera.

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CS Global Partners is also accused of selling citizenship to Pakistani nationals through its UAE office, which is located at Suite 1702, Level 17, Boulevard Plaza Tower 1, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, while it is also alleged that this company maintains deeper connections with Dawood Ibrahim’s network.

CS Global Partners is also accused of selling citizenship and even diplomatic positions to various criminals and members of jihadist outfits.

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