Jyotipriya Mallick is an Indian lawyer, politician, and a member of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC). He has held charge of important departments in the Government of West Bengal such as the Forest Affairs, Non-Conventional and Renewable Energy Sources, and Food & Supplies. Mallick hit the headlines in October 2023 after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) took him into custody for his alleged involvement in the ration scam, which took place while he served as the in-charge of the Department of Food & Supplies.
Jyotipriya Mallick was born on Monday, 26 May 1958 (age 65 years; as of 2023) in Calcutta (now Kolkata), West Bengal, India. His zodiac sign is Gemini. He did his schooling at The Scottish Church Collegiate School in Kolkata in 1975. He earned a bachelor’s degree in science in 1979 at the Vidyasagar College in Kolkata. In 1983, he earned a bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) at the Surendranath College in Kolkata. Election Commission of India While he was in college in the 70s, Mallick became a member of the student union.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Family & Caste
Jyotipriya Mallick was born into a Hindu Bengali family belonging to the Aguri community; Aguris are considered an agricultural group originating from Bardhaman in West Bengal.
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Sakti Pada Mallick (deceased). His mother’s name is Nabanalini Mallick. He has a total of five brothers. His elder brother, Debapriya Mallick, is a doctor. His brother, Swadhin Mallick, is a Mohun Bagan Football Club employee.
Wife & Children
His wife, Manidipa Mallick, is a homemaker. His daughter, Priyadarshini Mallick, is a businesswoman, academician, and teacher who served as the secretary of the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education.
He resides at BC- 245, Salt Lake City, B. N. C. C. Post Office, Bidhannagar North, District – North 24-Parganas, Pin – 700064, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
After joining the All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC), Jyotipriya Mallick contested and won the 2001 West Bengal Assembly elections from the Gaighata constituency. He got re-elected as an MLA from the same constituency in 2006. In 2011, he was re-elected to the assembly from the Habra constituency; he managed to secure a total of 86,218 votes. In 2016, he became an MLA from the Habra constituency. In the elections, he defeated his closest rival Ashis Kantha Mukherjee, a Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate, by securing a total of 1,01,590 votes. He once again emerged victorious in the 2021 West Bengal state assembly elections from the Habra constituency. He defeated Bharatiya Janata Party’s Biswajit Sinha in the elections by a margin of 3,841 votes.
Jyotipriya Mallick was appointed as the Minister of Food & Supplies on 20 May 2011. Mallick held the post till he was replaced by Rathin Ghosh on 10 May 2021. The Government of West Bengal gave him charge of the Department of Forests as well as the Department of Non-Conventional & Renewable Energy Sources on 10 May 2021. He has also served as the Minister of Public Enterprises and Industrial Reconstruction Department.
Arrested for Alleged Involvement in Corruption
In October 2023, Joytipriya Mallick was taken into custody by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for his alleged involvement in a ration scam and siphoning Rs. 95 crore while he served as the Minister of Food Supplies during the COVID-19 lockdown in India in 2020. He was arrested after a complaint was made against a businessman named Bakibur Rahman and was arrested by the ED. After interrogating Rahman, the ED raided Mallick’s house on 26 October 2023 and seized several documents and stamps related to the scam. Following his arrest, many AITMC leaders, including Mamata Banerjee, lashed out at the ED and the Central Government, accusing them of knowingly implicating Mallick in a false case. Mama Banerjee, in an interview, said,
They are tumbling down ghee bottles, oil bottles, taking pictures of sarees, cosmetics in the name of raids… My question is why a single BJP leader’s house has not been raided? Why a single BJP dacoit house has not been raided?… The LS election is due in five months. Election in five states is going on. Now, the house of the son of a CM is raided… We do not believe in political revenge. I respect the constitutional chair. So I am silent.” The Indian Express
It was later revealed that Mallick allegedly allocated the money that he received by siphoning the ration in three companies. In November 2023, his ex-personal assistant, Abhijit Das, told ED that Mallick appointed Das’ mother and wife as directors of one such company, and he was completely unaware of the appointments. He, however, claimed that his mother and wife left the directorship of the company after Das quit his job as Mallick’s PA. The Telegraph The ED later summoned his daughter, Priyadarshini Mallick, and his brother, Debapriya Mallick, for questioning.
Jyotipriya Mallick owns a Mahindra Scorpio.
Assets & Properties
- Cash: Rs. 22,000
- Deposits in Banks, Financial Institutions, and Non-Banking Financial Companies: Rs. 4,48,02,498
- Bonds, Debentures, and Shares in Companies: Rs. 5,76,250
- NSS and Postal Savings: Rs. 4,52,084
- LIC or other insurance policies: Rs. 27,53,992
- Motor Vehicles: Rs. 11,86,023
- Jewellery: Rs. 1,40,000
- Non-Agricultural Land: Rs. 4,05,000
- His name is also spelt as Jyoti Priya Mallick.
- His friends and family affectionately refer to him as Balu Da.
- On 26 December 2007, he became the director of West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation Limited.
- According to several sources, Mallick owns a mansion in Shanti Niketan in West Bengal, which he purchased for Rs. 1.5 crore. He later had the mansion re-painted for Rs. 85 lakhs. As of 2023, the value of the mansion stands at more than Rs. 6 crore.
- The election affidavit that he filed in 2011 and the one that he filed in 2021 showed that the value of his assets and properties had increased five and a half times.
- Jyotipriya Mallick is considered to be a close associate of the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee. According to sources, he helped Mamata win the 2011 legislative assembly elections by aiding her in establishing a cordial relationship with the Matuas, a scheduled caste community in West Bengal.
- Jyotipriya Mallick was appointed as the director of West Bengal Essential Commodities Supply Corporation Ltd on 2 November 2021.