Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee right this moment made an unscheduled go to to her nephew Abhishek Banerjee’s house earlier than the CBI questioning of his spouse in a coal smuggling case.
The Chief Minister met along with her nephew, a Trinamool Congress MP, and his household for a couple of minutes earlier than rising from the residence accompanied by Abhishek Banerjee’s daughter – her grand-niece. The woman was seen going again inside.
Moments after Mamata Banerjee’s convoy left, a CBI staff of round seven-eight officers arrived to query Abhishek Banerjee’s spouse Rujira Banerjee. Rujira Banerjee, listed as a “witness”, wrote to the CBI yesterday that she was “unaware of the rationale of questioning” however stated she as prepared for questioning right this moment.
“Although I’m unaware of the rationale for me being referred to as for questioning or the subject material of the investigation, it’s possible you’ll go to my residence as per your comfort between 11 AM and three PM tomorrow, i.e. 23 February, 2021,” she wrote.
Abhishek Banerjee alleges that he’s being focused by the BJP simply months forward of the state elections and shared the CBI discover to his spouse. In a tweet focused on the BJP-led centre, he stated: “…in the event that they assume they will use these ploys to intimidate us, they’re mistaken. We aren’t those who would ever be cowed down”.
The CBI says it’s investigating allegations that leaders of the Trinamool Congress had been paid kickbacks by the coal mafia. Abhishek Banerjee’s sister-in-law Menaka Gambhir was questioned for 3 hours at her South Kolkata residence yesterday.
The CBI filed a case final 12 months into alleged unlawful mining and theft of coal from Kunustoria and Kajoria coal fields of Jap Coalfield Restricted.
In response to sources within the central company, there was some switch of cash from accounts linked to the coal theft case to the financial institution accounts of those two individuals.
The cash was allegedly channeled via Vinay Mishra, the final secretary of the Trinamool’s youth wing that’s headed by Abhishek Banerjee. Vinay Mishra is believed to be on the run since December 31, when the CBI raided his house.
The BJP accuses Abhishek Banerjee, the MP from Diamond Harbour, of involvement within the coal rip-off and has typically referred to him because the “coal thief”.
The Trinamool says the BJP is misusing the CBI to strain the Chief Minister and her household within the acrimonious run-up to the West Bengal elections due by Might.