Narada: ED interrogates WB Panchayat Minister

Kolkata – After Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim and city Mayor Sovan Chattopadhyay during the last two days, now it was the turn of Panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee who on Fridayreached the office of the Enforcement Directorate(ED) to face the investigating officials there in connection with the 2016 Narada Money Laundering case, which has rocked the nation.
     Like Firhad Hakim and Sovan Chattopadhyay, the state Panchayat minister was also shown in the Narada sting video accepting money from investigative journalist Mathew Samuel, who posed himself as a budding entrepreneur and in return sought some favour from the ministers. It was alleged that each of the accused was paid Rs five lakhs by Mathew Samuel in return of some personal favour.
    Like the two other ministers of Mamata Banerjee cabinet, Subrata Mukherjee also arrived at the ED complex at Salt Lake along with his counsel at around 12 noon and faced the  investigating officials for interrogation in connection with the money laundering case.
     According to ED  sources during the marathon question-answer session Subrata Mukherjee was asked about the whole episode and what he had done with the money and who were other beneficiaies,if any. They also  went through his bank accounts and tried to determine the source of his other income, as stated in his effidafit given to the Election Commission during the last assembly elections.
    Meanwhile,  the sources said, the ED might once again summon Sovan Chattopadhyay, also the Fire Birgade minister, later this month for further interrogation as they were reportedly not satisfied with his reply on Thursday during his over eight hour long stay in the ED office.
    They also charged him with non-cooperation during interrogation and alleged that he (the Mayor) was hiding some facts from them rather deliberately. The Mayor might also be asked to bring all his financial records and information related to his bank accounts during his next appearance, the sources quoting a senior ED official here said.