The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned senior Trinamool Congress leader and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira for questioning in connection with a case of money laundering associated with alleged pilferage of coal from Eastern Coalfield Limited mines.
Abhishek, an MP from Diamond Harbour, has been asked to appear before the Investigating Officer on September 6 while Rujira has been told to come on September 1. Rujira had been questioned by the CBI earlier in the case, filed last year. The ED case is based on the CBI FIR.
Addressing TMC workers during the foundation day of its youth wing, Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP-led government at the Centre of letting loose Central agencies on Abhishek, while claiming that some BJP ministers were hand in glove with the coal mafia. “The BJP and the Union government can’t fight us politically. The party was defeated in the Assembly polls and now they are using Central agencies against our leaders like Abhishek Banerjee and others… Coal is under the CISF, the ministry is with the Centre, not the state. What were they doing? I know that dozens of Central ministers have robbed Asansol. When they came for campaigning in Asansol, they stayed in hotels owned by the coal mafia. Should I bring out the list?” the West Bengal CM said, adding that the TMC wouldn’t be intimidated by such actions by the Centre.
Speaking at the same event, Abhishek said he was not frightened of ED…