CBI lookout notice against brother of TMC leader close to Abhishek Banerjee

The CBI has issued a lookout circular (LOC) against the brother of a TMC leader in connection with a case of illegal mining of coal and its pilferage.

The LOC has been issued against Bijay Mishra, said to be the brother of Trinamool youth leader Binay Mishra. The latter is said to be a close associate of Abhishek Banerjee, party MP and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s nephew.

Sources said Binay Mishra is a chargesheeted accused in a case of cattle smuggling and is suspected to have fled the country.

The CBI is currently working on getting an Interpol Red Corner Notice issued against him, it is learnt.

The Mishra brothers are under probe for both alleged cattle smuggling and coal pilferage. They are said to be associated with key accused in the case, Anup Majhi.

The CBI had last month questioned Abhishek’s wife Rujuira Banerjee in the coal pilferage case.

The agency also summoned two senior officers of West Bengal Police — an inspector general and a superintendent of police — on Monday for questioning in connection with the cattle smuggling case, an official said.

The CBI named Binay Mishra as a co-accused in its supplementary chargesheet filed in the cattle-smuggling case last month.

On February 18, the agency filed a chargesheet in the case against BSF Commandant Satish Kumar and six others for their alleged involvement in a cattle-smuggling racket operating on the India-Bangladesh border.

On November 27 last year, the CBI’s Kolkata…

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