THE CASH QUEEN
ARPITA MUKHERJEE, 36 Model, actress, producer
Born in a middleclass family, Arpita’s father was a central government employee. A smalltime model, she acted in minor roles in Bengali, Odia and Tamil films. Around a decade ago, she was introduced to minister Partha Chatterjee by a businessman. She soon began accompanying Chatterjee to public events, becoming the face of the Naktala Udayan Sangha Durga Puja committee, of which Chatterjee is the chief patron. Arpita moved to an apartment in an upscale housing complex in south Kolkata, from where the ED recovered Rs 20 crore in cash, foreign currency and a cache of incriminating documents. From another flat owned by her, it seized Rs 30 crore. Arpita claims Chatterjee used her Aadhaar and PAN card to buy properties in her name and that she had little clue about it all.