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Former Bengal minister held on graft charges, BJP says not with party anymore

Shyamaprasad Mukherjee was apprehended following an investigation into allegations of misappropriation of money related to e-tendering.

Shyamaprasad Mukherjee

Former West Bengal minister Shyamaprasad Mukherjee was arrested in Bankura district on Sunday in connection with an alleged financial scam worth almost Rs 10 crore. The former Bishnupur MLA had joined the BJP from the TMC in December ahead of the state Assembly elections, but the saffron party has claimed that he has gone back to the TMC.

As per the police, a TMC leader who is part of the district’s Bishnupur municipality had accused Mukherjee of corruption and misappropriation of funds linked to e-tendering when he was the civic body’s chairperson. The TMC leader alleged that during an audit it was found that during Mukherjee’s tenure, several fake e-tenders were passed.

“He has been arrested over allegations of financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 9.91 crore. The investigation is on,” said a senior district police officer.

Responding to the arrest, state BJP vice-president Raju Banerjee said, “He had joined our party and then again went back to work for the TMC. The crime they are talking about was committed when he was in the TMC. It will be wrong to say that a BJP leader committed the crime. Was the police sleeping then?

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“He did not attend any of the BJP’s programmes before or after the polls. But now that he is arrested, he is being addressed as BJP leader. That’s not right…,” Raju Banerjee said.

First published on: 22-08-2021 at 02:45:22 pm
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