Partha Chatterjee (born 6 October 1952) is a jailed indicted Indian political criminal. He earlier served as the Minister of Commerce and Industries and formerly served as the Education Minister of Government of West Bengal. He represented the Trinamool Congress. He also held the political office of Secretary General of the All India Trinamool Congress. In 2022, he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the School Service Commission (SSC) scam in West Bengal, when massive stacks of cash were recovered from the house of one of his aides. He was then suspended from AITC and dismissed from the cabinet.
|Cabinet Minister, Government of West Bengal|
10 May 2021 – 28 July 2022
|Chief Minister||Mamata Banerjee|
|Ministry and Departments|
|Preceded by||Nirupam Sen|
Dr. Debesh Das
20 May 2011 – 20 December 2012
20 May 2014 – 10 May 2021
D. Y. Patil
Keshari Nath Tripathi
|Chief Minister||Mamata Banerjee|
|Ministry and Departments||Ministry of School Education|
|Preceded by||Bratya Basu|
|Succeeded by||Bratya Basu|
|Member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Nirmal Mukherjee|
|Leader of the Opposition in West Bengal|
21 September 2006 – 13 May 2011
|Deputy||Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury|
|Preceded by||Pankaj Kumar Banerjee|
|Succeeded by||Dr Surjya Kanta Mishra|
|Secretary-General of All India Trinamool Congress|
|Born||6 October 1952|
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
|Political party||Independent (2022–present)|
All India Trinamool Congress (1998–2022)
Indian National Congress (Until 1998)
|Spouse||Late Babli (Jayasree) Chatterjee|
|Alma mater||University of Calcutta (BA) |
Early life Edit
Chatterjee was born in Calcutta. He attended Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Narendrapur though some former students of the Mission claimed that he was only there for a year, after which he was given a transfer certificate.
Political career Edit
He was elected as an MLA from Behala Paschim in 2001, and subsequently re-elected from the same constituency in 2006. In 2011 he won by a margin of 59,021 votes. He was Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from 2006 to 2011.
He was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 20 May 2011 and allotted the portfolios of Commerce and Industry, Public Enterprises, Information Technology and Electronics and Parliamentary affairs.
He was nominated as deputy leader of the house in 2011. After the Assembly election 2016, he became the Minister-in-Charge of Higher Education and School Education Department, West Bengal Government and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Public Enterprises, Information Technology and Electronics replaced by Amit Mitra.
After 2021 West Bengal Assembly Election, once again the portfolios of Commerce and Industry, Information Technology and Electronics were given to him and the Ministry of Higher Education and School Education Department, West Bengal Government replaced him with Bratya Basu.
On 23 July 2022, Chatterjee was arrested from his residence by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the alleged State School Service Commission (SSC) recruitment scam cases along with his aide actress Arpita Mukherjee. He was admitted to SSKM Hospital after complaining of chest pains. Later, he was shifted to AIIMS Bhubaneswar where doctors said that he suffers from chronic diseases but does not need immediate hospitalization. He is currently in the custody of the Enforcement Directorate. As of 28 July 2022, the Enforcement Directorate has recovered ₹498 Million cash, gold worth ₹70 crore, ₹5.6 crore worth foreign currency and coded diaries from properties related to him and Arpita Mukherjee.
On 28 July 2022, he was removed as the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Information Technology and Electronics and Parliamentary Affairs and suspended from the All India Trinamool Congress. On 5 August 2022, he and his aide Arpita Mukherjee were sent to jail custody.
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