Abhishek Banerjee, wife Rujira summoned by ED for coal theft case, Mamata says ‘BJP uses agencies against TMC’

After Abhishek Banerjee is summoned for questioning on money laundering charges, CM Mamata slams BJP for agencies politically

The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday has summoned  Trinamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee and his wife for questioning about money laundering charges in an alleged coal theft case on 6th September.

While his wife is summed for similar charges on 1 September under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Abhishek is summoned to appear in front of the investigative official in Kolkata on 6 September.

ED had filed the case under criminal sections of the PMLA after carefully studying CBI or Central Bureau of Investigation FIR of November 2020. The FIR alleged several crores worth of coal pilferage scam related to the Eastern Coalfields mines in Kunustoria and Kajora areas in the Asansol district.

Several other officials of the Eastern Coalfields mines are summoned for questioning on the alleged coal pilferage scam on different dates of the same month.

Mamata On Abhishek Banerjee’s Summon

TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee has said that summons were issued to appease BJP who are using central agencies for their political vested interests. “Delhi cannot beat us politically so they are using agencies,” Mamata said addressing TMC Chhatra Parishad’s Foundation day at Kalighat.

Mamata Banerjee slams BJP on ED summoning Abhishek Banerjee

She further added that many people who have joined BJP have returned to Trinamool as they have realized that TMC is their real homeland. “BJP govt is inhuman. This govt. doesn’t love people and is selling the country,” she slammed her biggest political opponent in Kalighat address.

On the other hand, nephew Abhishek Banerjee has said that BJP cannot stop us by issuing summon against him. “We will come back stronger,” he added. 

Abhishek Banerjee is Lok Sabha MP of Diamond Harbour constituency and national general secretary of the party.

Abhishek Banerjee Summon Saga

It is not the first time, the TMC MP and his wife Rujira Banerjee were summoned for the alleged coal scam. Before the election, on February 2021, Rujira and her sister were summoned for questioning on the same raising the political temperature.

The notice asked Rujira to remain present at her home on the same day to answer certain questions relating to the case, they said.

The CBI had filed the case in November last year against Manji aka Lala, the alleged kingpin of the racket. The FIR named Eastern Coalfields general manager Amit Kumar Dhar and Jayesh Chandra Rai of Pandaveswar and Kajor area, respectively.

The list also includes ECL Security Chief Tanmay Das and police personals. Kunusotoria is now known as Pandaveswar, according to Business Line.

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