After finding nearly Rs 28 crore in cash and Rs 4.3 crore in gold in one of the apartments of Arpita Mukherjee, close assistant to Trinamool chief Partha Chatterjee, the Law Enforcement Branch is now digging the fourth residence – an apartment in Chinar Park on Thursday.

So far, four houses in Mukherjee have been raided. These include the Diamond City apartment raided by ED on July 22, two apartments raided by the investigative agency in Belghoria on Wednesday and one today.

The agency had recovered Rs 21 crore from his first apartment.

The investigative agency is raiding his residences in connection with an alleged teacher recruitment scam in West Bengal. The sums discovered would be the proceeds of crime.

However, Mukherjee told the agency that the stacks and stacks of cash recovered from her home belonged to Minister of State Partha Chatterjee. She said the money was infused into businesses related to her.

Meanwhile, the West Bengal government removed Partha Chatterjee from the ministry on Thursday with immediate effect.

”Partha Chatterjee, Minister Responsible, Department of Industry, Trade and Enterprise, Department of Information Technology and Electronics, Department of Parliamentary Affairs and Department of Public Enterprises and Industrial Reconstruction, is relieved from his duties as MIC of the said department with immediate effect,” an official order stated.

The ED had arrested Chatterjee, who is also Trinamool’s congressional secretary, on July 23 as part of its investigation into alleged irregularities in School Service Commission (SSC) recruiting campaigns. The central agency also arrested Arpita Mukherjee and seized millions of rupees from her homes in different parts of the city.

(With contributions from India Today)