The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has frozen 12 bank accounts belonging to Tapas Mondal, a middleman who was arrested in connection with the multi-crore teachers’ recruitment scam in West Bengal.
Six of the accounts belong to Mondal personally, while the other six are connected to a private college owned by him. Mondal is a close confidant of Manik Bhattacharya, a Trinamool Congress legislator and former president of the West Bengal Board of Primary Education who is already in judicial custody along with his wife and son in connection with the scam.
Mondal is also the president of the All Bengal Teachers’ Training Achievers’ Association, an umbrella organization of private teachers’ training institutes in the state. The CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) will examine the transaction details of the 12 accounts to track the money trail and determine whether and how the proceeds of the scam were routed through them.
Kuntal Ghosh, a youth Trinamool Congress leader, was arrested by the ED based on Mondal’s statements. The CBI has also named Gopal Dalapati and his estranged wife Haimanti Ganguly as suspects in the conspiracy to divert the proceeds of the scam.