In terms of cash and gold seized, bank accounts and properties frozen, the multi-million dollar West Bengal teacher recruitment scam has so far yielded a total recovery of about Rs 111 crore.
Sources said that this seized and frozen account is the combined figure unearthed by the two central agencies running parallel probes in the matter, namely the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED). However, in terms of cash and gold seizures, the ED is far ahead than its fellow central investigative agency.
The largest cash and gold recovery on this count came from the two residences of Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide to Partha Chatterjee, a former West Bengal education minister and secretary general of the Trinamool Congress, in July of last year. The total recovery was somewhere around Rs 33 crore. They are both currently in the custody of the court.
Meanwhile, the CBI and ED are currently focusing on the main agent network in the scam, some of whom like Kuntal Ghosh, Prasanna Roy and Chandan Mondal among others are already either in judicial or central agency custodies.