8 properties of Abhishek Banerjee's firm seized, ED tells Calcutta High Court

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By ETV Bharat English Team

Published : Jan 2, 2024, 8:25 PM IST

ED tells Calcutta High Court several properties of Abhishek Banerjee's firm confiscated

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) told the Calcutta High Court that as many as eight properties of the firm Leaps and Bounds belonging to TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee have been seized. The HC judge will hear the case again on Wednesday after examining the report submitted by ED in this regard.

Kolkata : The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has submitted a report to the Calcutta High Court, saying that as many as eight properties of TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee's firm, Leaps and Bounds, have been seized. The ED estimated the value of one of these properties worth at around Rs 7.5 crore.

The ED lawyer provided this information about property seizure to the court of Justice Amrita Sinha on Tuesday. In the Leaps and Bounds case, the CBI and ED have submitted separate investigation reports to the single bench of Justice Amrita Sinha. The judge will hear the case again on Wednesday after examining the report. However, the judge ordered the joint director of ED and a senior medical officer of ESI Hospital to appear in court on Wednesday.

CBI lawyer Bilwadal Bhattacharya briefed the court about the report submitted in a closed envelope. The CBI said that in the preliminary investigation that there has been corruption in all aspects of recruitment, sources said. S Basu Roy & Company was a chartered accountancy firm till 2022, he said. Then suddenly they got the responsibility of preparing OMR sheets, according to the central agency's lawyer.

"In 2012, many other firms were not given this task despite their having experience in preparing OMR sheets. In 2014, no further tenders were called. The primary education board opened a portal to register candidates, which is totally illegal. This process is done without following any legal procedure," the CBI lawyer claimed.

The CBI lawyer also said, "Whoever made the OMR sheets, gave the marks, did everything. It's like the whole thing is a child's play." On the other hand, ED lawyer Dheeraj Trivedi said that a total of eight properties of Leaps and Bounds have been confiscated. Where it is estimated that there is a property worth about Rs 7.5 crore. ED expects a lot of information regarding recruitment corruption to come out in the coming days.

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