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Arpita Mukherjee has been in the news for the past week after she was arrested last Friday in Kolkata by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

For a small-time actor Arpita Mukherjee, who has mostly played side roles in a few Indian films in her career, the rise has been meteoric. Arpita Mukherjee has been in the news for the past week after she was arrested last Friday in Kolkata by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Raids were conducted last week at her plush south Kolkata apartment and the ED seized Rs 280 million (approx 3.5 million USD) from her flat. Which was suspected to be proceeds of kickbacks in the West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC) recruitment scam. Mukherjee is known to be a close associate of Trinamool Congress party leader and state minister Partha Chatterjee- a co-accused in the case.

The money is allegedly from the time when Chatterjee was in charge of the education portfolio. Chatterjee at present is the minister for industries and commerce. So far the ED has seized cash, watches, and jewelry worth USD 6.2 million.

Who is Arpita Mukherjee and what’s her background

Local reports suggest Arpita Mukherjee had a meteoric rise in the past few years. She spent most of her childhood in a middle-class neighborhood of Belgharia in North 24 Parganas. Then moved to the posh Tollywood area in Kolkata and stayed in an apartment in Diamond city-an upscale highrise apartment complex in south Kolkata.

Association with Partha Chatterjee

Arpita has often accompanied Partha Chatterjee for several public and social events including the Durga Puja festivity of the Naktala area in Kolkata where Chatterjee is a patron. She was even featured on the puja’s music album cover in 2021. Arpita had even campaigned for Chatterjee during the 2021 Bengal assembly elections. A photo of Mukherjee in an open jeep beside Partha Chatterjee and first-time Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Soham Chakraborty was widely shared on social media after her arrest.
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By Ram

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