Priyadarshini Mallick is an Indian businesswoman, academician, and teacher. She is the daughter of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC) leader Jyotipriya Mallick. She hit the headlines in October 2023 after the Enforcement Directorate arrested her father and summoned her for questioning regarding the ration scam that took place in West Bengal during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Priyadarshini Mallick was born on Sunday, 20 July 1986 (age 37 years; as of 2023) in Calcutta (now Kolkata), West Bengal, India. Her zodiac sign is Cancer. After completing her schooling, Mallick enrolled at the Amity Institute of Biotechnology, where she pursued graduation from 2005 to 2010. She enrolled at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi in 2010. There, she earned a master’s degree in law (LLM), specialising in intellectual property rights, in 2012. In 2012, she started pursuing a PhD in Life Science and Biotechnology at the Jadavpur University in Kolkata; she completed her doctoral thesis in 2016. Her research topic was the Identification, Extraction, and Isolation of the Main Anti-Inflammatory Components and Properties of Ocimum Sanctum and Developing a Biocompatible Membrane to Cure Inflammation. Priyadarshini Mallick
Height (approx.): 5′ 4″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Family & Caste
Priyadarshini 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
Her father, Jyotipriya Mallick, is a politician and lawyer. 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. Her mother, Manidipa Mallick, is a homemaker.
Husband & Children
She was married to Abhra Sen, who is a teacher, politician, and a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). His name is also spelt as Avra.
Teaching And Academics
After completing her formal education, Priyadarshini Mallick joined the Ashutosh College, University of Calcutta, as an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology. There, she worked in the BOOST (Biotechnology Based Opportunities Offered to Science and Technology Departments) program as its coordinator. In October 2016, she was appointed as the Head of Department (HOD) of Microbiology; she remained in the post till April 2022. She has also served as a governing body member of the Dhruba Chand Halder College in West Bengal. Apart from teaching. Mallick has published numerous research papers including Degradation of Plastics Causing Pollution Using Bacteria for Improvement of Freshwater Fish Cultivation (2021), Exogenous Supplementation of N-acetylcysteine Can Reduce Hepatotoxicity Induced by Ascites Fluid (Cell-Free) Adsorbed Over Protein-A-Containing Staphylococcus aureus Cowan-I Without Compromising Its Antitumor Effect (2019), and Evaluating The Anti-Microbial Effect Of Eugenol Extracted From Ocimum Sanctum (2016). On 2 August 2023, she was appointed as the secretary of the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education. However, many sources claimed that she got appointed to the post because of the influence of her father, Jyotipriya Mallick. The Indian Express
On 16 November 2011, Priyadarshini Mallick was appointed as the director of Gracious Innovative Private Limited (GIPL), a post that she held till 22 November 2016. She became the director of Sharda Films Private Limited on 16 November 2011. On 10 June 2016, Mallick took over the directorship of Shree Hanuman Realcon Private Limited (SHRPL) and Gracious Creation Private Limited (GCPL); she remained the director of these companies till 22 November 2016.
The Ration Scam
Following the arrest of Jyotipriya Mallick by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) over his suspected role in the Ration Scam, it was revealed that Priyadarshini had been appointed as the director of three dummy corporations. These companies were established by Jyotipriya to channel funds obtained by selling the rations intended for the underprivileged during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to ED, the siphoned money was then deposited in the bank accounts of Priyadarshini and her mother Manidipa. Hindustan Times Priyadarshini reportedly deposited Rs. 3.37 crores after the Government of India put demonetisation in place. However, when questioned by the ED authorities over the issue, Priyadarshini claimed that the money that she deposited in 2016 was the money that she earned from tuition. An ED official, in an interview, talked about it and said,
She (Priyardashini) is a school teacher and claimed all this amount was earned through tuition. In that financial year, her annual salary was Rs 2.48 lakh.”
The ED later froze the bank accounts of the Mallick family. In her defence, Priyadarshini denied having any involvement in the case and claimed that her family was being knowingly targeted. She talked about it, in an interview, and said,
It is quite clear now that ED arrests someone first and starts the probe after that. However, the matter is being investigated and I cannot make any comment at this juncture. My father will be in a position to say whether there is any conspiracy behind him being arrested.”
Many prominent All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC) politicians, including Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, also voiced their opinions in favour of Jyotipriya Mallick and his family. The Indian Express
- Priyadarshini Mallick is fluent in five languages.
- She passionately follows her hobby of reading.