KOLKATA: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday arrested West Bengal Minister Jyotipriyo Mallick in connection with a money laundering case related to an alleged multi-crore ration distribution scam in the state.
This action was taken under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act after more than 17-18 hours of questioning. Mallick, who is a diabetic patient with various ailments, was apprehended at his residence in the Salt Lake area on the outskirts of Kolkata and brought to the ED’s office at 3:30 am.
Following his arrest, he was taken to an ESI hospital in Joka for medical tests due to his health condition.After the medical checkup, he was taken to the Bankshall Court, where the ED planned to seek his custody for further questioning.

Minister Jyotipriya Mallick being brought to the court.
According to ED officials, Mallick was uncooperative and provided confusing and self-contradictory responses during questioning. They believe he holds critical information related to the alleged ration distribution irregularities. The ED had previously arrested one of Mallick’s confidants, Bakibur Rahman, and may seek to confront the two to obtain a more comprehensive account of the events in the case.
Jyotipriyo Mallick claimed to be a victim of a conspiracy, pointing fingers at the BJP and its leader, Suvendu Adhikari, who was a former colleague in the TMC. He alleged that the conspiracy was hatched by the BJP against him and the TMC.
Mallick’s arrest is the second instance of a TMC cabinet minister being apprehended by central agencies in connection with corruption cases. Last year, former state minister Partha Chatterjee was arrested by the ED in a case related to a school job scam.
The alleged scam revolves around reported irregularities in the public distribution system and the distribution of food grains during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed concern for Mallick’s health during the questioning and threatened to file a police complaint if anything untoward happened to him.
The TMC criticized the ED’s actions, labeling them as “vendetta politics” and questioned the silence of central agencies on BJP leaders accused of being involved in various scams.
The BJP, on the other hand, saw Mallick’s arrest as expected and accused the TMC of being deeply embroiled in corruption.
This incident is another development in the ongoing political tensions in West Bengal, with both major parties, the TMC and the BJP, trading accusations and conspiracy theories.
(With agency inputs)
Watch ED arrests West Bengal minister Jyotipriya Mallick in alleged ration distribution corruption case

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