The Enforcement Directorate has described Arpita Mukherjee as a “close associate” of Partha Chatterjee who was arrested after the ED seized Rs 20 crore cash in connection with the alleged teacher recruitment scam in the state. Arpita is an actor who has done side roles in a few Odia, Bengali and Tamil movies.
According to her Facebook bio, Arpita is “a multi-talented versatile actor, having worked in several films in Tollywood.”
In 2009, she acted in a film “Mama Bhagne” alongside Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee and in 2008 film “Partner” alongside actor Jeet.
Arpita was the face of promotional campaigns for Partha Chatterjee’s Durga Puja committee called the Naktala Udayan Sangha in 2019 and 2020.
Reports claim that Chatterjee frequently visited Arpita Mukherjee’s residence.
The ED’s money-laundering case stems from an FIR by the CBI, which was first directed by the Calcutta High Court to investigate the alleged scam in the recruitment of Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ staff, assistant teachers of classes 11 and 11 and primary teachers.
On July 22, the agency shared as many as four photographs in which piles of cash in the denomination of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 besides a number of sealed packets inside a room, without disclosing the quantity or the owner of the place.
However, ED sources, reportedly said that around Rs 20 crore in cash and more than 15 mobile phones were seized from the residence of a woman, a close associate of Chatterjee, in the city’s Tollygunge area following a raid there in the evening.