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Updated January 5th, 2024 at 17:00 IST

Arrested TMC Minister Jyotipriya Mallick got Rs 80 lakh in ration scam case | Explosive details OUT

On October 27, 2023, ED arrested the minister in-charge of Forest Affairs and Non-Conventional and Renewable Energy Jyotipriya Mallick.

Moumita Mukherjee
Jyotipriya Mallick
Jyotipriya Mallick | Image:Social media
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Kolkata: Fresh trouble haunts West Bengal Minister and close aide of CM Mamata Banerjee Jyotipriya Mallick after chargesheet filed against him in connection with a case concerning irregularities in the public distribution system revealed cash transaction proof. The chargesheet mentioned that two receipts, worth Rs 68 lakh and Rs 12 lakh respectively, has exposed show how payment was made to Jyotipriya Mallick. These receipts are attached as an annexure in the chargesheet.

On October 27, 2023, ED arrested the minister in-charge of Forest Affairs and Non-Conventional and Renewable Energy Jyotipriya Mallick. He was accused of fake paddy procurement and siphoning off PDS ration to the open market. Sajahan is considered to be a close aide of state minister Jyotipriyo Mallick who was arrested in connection with the multi-crore ration distribution scam.

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ED officials attacked in West Bengal

A team of officers of the Enforcement Directorate were attacked on Friday morning during a raid on a Trinamool Congress leader’s residence at Sandeshkhali in West Bengal North 24 Parganas district. The ED officers accompanied by a few personnel of central forces were conducting raids on the house of Shahjahan Sheikh, a local Trinamool leader when hundreds of locals overpowered them. The ED team was trying to open the gates of the house of the local Trinamool leader when the mob turned violent. ED was conducting raids in connection with the irregularities in the public distribution system. State Minister Jyoti Priya Mallick was arrested by the ED in connection with the scam last year.

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BJP launches sharp attack on Mamata, demands her resignation

“Law and order doesn't exist in West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee is happy. When officials go there to investigate the corruption, they are attacked, they get hurt. 2-3 officials are severely injured. Why is Mamata Banerjee scared to take responsibilities?” BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said. “Gundas (Goons) of Mamata Banerjee are aware that they don't need to be scared. Mamata Banerjee no longer has the right to remain on the chair,” he said demanding her resignation. “ED officials, who went for investigation in West Bengal were attacked by the TMC goons and illegal Rohingya intruders. This is shameful that West Bengal has become a synonym of 'jungle raj' under Mamata Banerjee's rule,” the BJP leader lambasted. 

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What is the Ration Distribution Scam?

West Bengal Police had registered multiple FIRs, alleging that various private individuals were involved in storing and selling subsidised rate wheat flour without a valid license. Thereafter, ED had registered an ECIR based on the FIRs registered by West Bengal Police. Kolkata Police in their FIR said that rice millers had opened bank accounts in the name of fake farmers and thus pocketed MSP intended for the benefit of genuine farmers. It is suspected that the quantum of the scam could be anywhere between Rs 500 cr to 1000 cr.

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Published January 5th, 2024 at 16:39 IST

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