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Coal rip-off: CBI to quiz TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee’s spouse Rujira Naroola at present


KOLKATA: A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) group will on Tuesday grill Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee’s spouse Rujira Naroola in reference to its ongoing probe into the coal rip-off case. Rujira had on Monday responded to the CBI’s summons within the alleged coal pilferage rip-off and urged the central company to ship its group to her residence for questioning on Tuesday.

The CBI had on Sunday requested her to hitch the probe. A group of CBI officers had visited the residence of Abhishek Banerjee, who’s the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Sunday to ship the summons however Rujira was not current.

She, nonetheless, responded to the summons on Monday and requested the CBI to go to her residence between 11 am and three pm on Tuesday. “Although I’m unaware of the rationale for me being referred to as for questioning or the subject material of the investigation, chances are you’ll go to my residence as per your comfort between 11 am and three pm (Tuesday), i.e. February 23, 2021,” she mentioned in her letter to CBI.

“You might be requested to kindly inform me of your schedule,” she mentioned.

A group of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) recorded the assertion of Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee`s sister-in-law Menka Gambhir in reference to its probe into the unlawful coal smuggling case. Based on CBI officers, an eight-member group of the CBI led by Investigation officer Umesh Kumar together with two girls officers arrived on the residence of Gambhir and recorded her assertion for over two-and-a-half hours.

CBI sources mentioned that the company questioned her about few banking transactions. The event comes a day after CBI summoned Gambhir on Sunday to file her assertion within the case, which the company registered in November final yr.

Reacting to the event, Trinamool Congress spokesperson Kunal Ghosh had mentioned that there’s nothing new in it because the Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) was attempting all the pieces to unseat the Trinamool Congress-led authorities in West Bengal.

“They’re utilizing central companies to malign the picture of Abhishek Banerjee forward of the state Meeting elections. The CBI discover is only a step in the direction of that,” he mentioned.

The CBI had registered a case of unlawful theft of coal final yr in November. The company had registered a case in opposition to coal mafia Anup Majhi alias Lala, his deputy J. Mondal, and different unidentified individuals, together with some staff of the Jap Coalfields Ltd. and of different Central authorities places of work. It was alleged that Majhi was concerned in coal theft from the leasehold mines of the ECL in Kunustoria and Kajora areas.

On November 28 final yr, the CBI had performed raids at 45 places in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh in reference to the coal smuggling racket. Once more on February 19, the CBI group carried out searches at 13 places in 4 districts of West Bengal, together with the premises of coal mafia Jaidev Mondal.

Abhishek, the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been at loggerheads with the Centre with the BJP accusing him of conducting scams and misappropriation of funds.

The CBI motion comes forward of the excessive octane Meeting polls scheduled later this yr the place the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP are in a bitter contest. Elections for 294 Meeting seats in West Bengal are prone to happen in April-Could this yr.

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