Mamata Banerjee Visits Nephew’s House Hours Forward of CBI’s Knock on His Door Over Coal Theft Case


New Delhi/Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday visited the residence of TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee forward of the CBI examination of his spouse within the coal theft case. The TMC supremo was at Abhishek’s home for round ten minutes.

Rujira Banerjee, the spouse of Abhishek, had responded to the CBI’s discover within the alleged coal pilferage rip-off and requested the central company to ship its crew to her residence for examination between 11 am and three pm on Tuesday. The CBI had on Sunday requested her to hitch the probe.

The poll-bound state’s political cauldron was on the boil Sunday over CBI summons to Abhishek Banerjee’s spouse in coal pilferage rip-off, triggering political slugfest with the TMC accusing the BJP of pursuing political vendetta and the saffron occasion urging it to not politicise the matter.

Throughout the day, a CBI crew went to the Kolkata residence of Abhishek Banerjee, TMC MP and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, serving a discover to his spouse and his sister-in-law to hitch the probe within the coal pilferage case.

The Trinamool Congress accused the ruling BJP on the Centre of political vendetta and Abhishek Banerjee stated they might not be cowed down by such ways.

“Do not attempt to intimidate us with jail. Now we have fought towards weapons and aren’t afraid of preventing towards rats,” a fuming Mamata Banerjee stated at an occasion quickly after the CBI motion. The BJP hit out on the TMC, accusing it of politicising the matter, and stated the regulation will take its course.

The company crew handed over the discover issued by Investigation Officer Umesh Kumar, Further Superintendent of Police within the CBI, in reference to the case of theft of coal from the mines of Japanese Coalfields Ltd in West Bengal during which Anup Manjhi is the alleged mastermind, sources stated. The discover issued on Sunday requested Abhishek Banerjee’s spouse Rujira Banerjee to stay current at her deal with on Harish Mukherjee Street on the identical day “for the aim of answering sure questions referring to the case”, they stated.

“Nevertheless, she couldn’t be questioned as we speak,” a supply stated. Rujira’s sister Menaka Gambhir has been requested by the CBI to hitch the probe on Monday when she shall be quizzed by the investigation crew, the sources stated.

“At 2 PM as we speak, the CBI served a discover within the identify of my spouse. Now we have full religion within the regulation of the land. Nevertheless, in the event that they suppose they’ll use these ploys to intimidate us, they’re mistaken. We’re not those who would ever be cowed down,” Abhishek Banerjee tweeted. The discover to Banerjee’s relations from the central company got here a day earlier than a courtroom in Kolkata is because of hear a defamation case filed by him towards House Minister Amit Shah who’s spearheading the BJP marketing campaign within the state.

The courtroom has summoned Shah to look earlier than it “personally or by a pleader” on Monday. Banerjee’s lawyer Sanjay Basu had claimed that Shah had made sure defamatory statements towards the TMC MP on August 11, 2018, throughout a BJP rally at Mayo Street in Kolkata.

The sources stated the central probe company had on Friday carried out a recent spherical of searches in reference to the coal theft case. The CBI had registered an FIR in November final 12 months towards the alleged kingpin of the pilferage racket Manjhi alias Lala, Japanese Coalfield Ltd Common Managers Amit Kumar Dhar (of then Kunustoria space now Pandaveswar space) and Jayesh Chandra Rai (Kajor space) apart from ECL Chief of Safety Tanmay Das, Space Safety Inspector, Kunustoria Dhananjay Rai and SSI and safety in-charge Kajor space Debashish Mukherjee.

It’s alleged that accused Manjhi Lala is concerned within the unlawful mining and theft of coal from leasehold mines of ECL in Kunustoria and Kajora areas, the sources stated. The meeting elections within the state are due in April-Might. The BJP has launched a vigorous marketing campaign to oust the ruling TMC that had secured consecutive wins in 2011 and 2016 underneath its chief Mamata Banerjee.

Abhishek Banerjee, a Lok Sabha member from Diamond Harbour constituency, wields appreciable affect within the occasion and has been main the Trinamool Congress’ counter-attack. The CBI has additionally summoned Binay Mishra, understood to be an in depth confidant of Abhishek Banerjee, in a separate case of cattle smuggling.

In a press release on the CBI motion, the TMC on Sunday stated that folks will give a befitting reply to the BJP throughout the polls. “So predictable. So determined. All BJP allies have left them. So the one loyal allies are CBI and ED,” it said.

“CBI is the one ally of the BJP left,” the occasion stated, including that it was not scared and can battle it out. “The way in which BJP was concentrating on Abhishek for the previous couple of days proves that they have been as much as one thing,” Trinamool Congress spokesperson and MP Sougata Roy stated.

The BJP, which has been concentrating on the TMC over the corruption problem, stated those that commit fallacious have to be punished as per the regulation. “If somebody has dedicated any fallacious, then the regulation will take its course. Those that are culprits ought to be punished. Nobody ought to attempt to politicise the matter,” BJP nationwide basic secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya informed PTI.

State BJP spokesperson stated Shamik Bhattacharya stated the TMC management shouldn’t be anxious whether it is within the clear. “Why is TMC so anxious and tensed if they’ve dedicated no fallacious? If the CBI acts, then it turns into political vendetta. If the CBI does not act, we hear accusations of political match-fixing of TMC-BJP.

“Let the CBI do its job. If somebody has not dedicated against the law, then there may be nothing to fret about,” Bhattacharya stated. State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury stated the CBI ought to conduct its investigation with none political interference.

After having a restricted presence within the politically polarised Bengal for many years, the BJP has emerged because the ruling Trinamool Congress’s principal rival by profitable 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal 2019 basic elections, solely 4 wanting TMC’s tally of 22.

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