When reporters questioned Chatterjee about the scam as he was being escorted to ESI Hospital in Joka for a checkup, Chatterjee responded, “The money (recovered) is not mine.”
When asked further if there was a plot against him, he responded, “You will find out when the time comes.”
Earlier on Friday, Chatterjee had claimed that he was the victim of a conspiracy and that the Trinamool Congress’s move to suspend him had angered him. “This decision (to suspend me) could influence an impartial probe…,” he had said.
About the move to remove him from the ministry, Chatterjee, once considered a close confidante of chief minister Mamata Banerjee, said, “Her (Banerjee’s) decision is right.”
Chatterjee, 69, was relieved of his duties as minister-in-charge of various departments and suspended from the TMC on Thursday. He was also removed from all party posts.
One of his close aides, Arpita Mukherjee, has also been arrested by the ED after crores of rupees in cash were seized from her residences in parts of the city.
The TMC leadership has taken exception to his comments, contending that Chatterjee was himself responsible for his fate.
“Why was he silent for the last few days after his arrest? He has every right to approach the court and prove his innocence. The party has nothing to do with this scam,” TMC state general secretary Kunal Ghosh had said on Thursday.
The CBI, as directed by Calcutta High Court, is probing the alleged irregularities in the recruitment of Group-C and -D staff, as well as teachers in government-sponsored and -aided schools on the recommendations of the West Bengal School Service Commission.
The ED is looking into the money trail involved in the scam.
(With inputs from PTI)