ED arrests TMC Minister Jyotipriya Mallick in ration distribution scam

Late on Thursday night, Jyotipriya Mallick, a West Bengal minister and Trinamool Congress leader, was apprehended by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with an alleged ration scandal. This arrest followed a day of extensive searches by the Central probe agency at the minister’s residence in Salt Lake, on the outskirts of Kolkata.

The ED officially stated, “West Bengal minister Jyotipriya Mallick has been arrested by ED in connection with an alleged case of corruption in ration distribution.” While being taken away by ED officers, the minister, in response to his arrest, asserted that he was the “victim of a serious conspiracy.”

The ED’s searches were related to a suspected case of corruption in the distribution of rations. Mallick currently serves as the state minister for Forest Affairs and previously held the portfolio for the Food and Civil Supplies department.

Following the ED’s raids, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticized the Centre for the ‘misuse of government agencies’ to pursue vendettas and spread falsehoods against those who criticize it. Accusing central agencies of resorting to illegitimate methods to obtain information, Banerjee mentioned that she would file an FIR against the BJP and the ED if anything happened to Mallick, who has diabetes.

Earlier this year, the ED arrested former West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee and his associate Arpita Mukherjee in connection with the teachers’ recruitment scandal after a significant amount of cash was found at Mukherjee’s residence.

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