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The CBI also raided a CA office in Kolkata in December in connection with the investigation into the coal scam. – File photo.
The Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) has come into action just before the assembly elections in West Bengal. On Friday, the CBI raided 13 locations in Purulia, Bankura, Burdwan and Kolkata of Bengal in the coal scam case. According to media reports, the raids took place at the hideouts of young Trinamool Congress leader Vinay Mishra, businessmen Amit Singh and Neeraj Singh. No one was present at the house during the raid. Earlier on 11 January, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted raids in Hooghly, Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, Asansol, Durgapur, Bardhaman.
TMC leaders are accused only
TMC leaders are accused in the coal scam case. In this, the name of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee has also been mentioned. It is alleged that several thousand crores of coal was illegally mined in Bengal and it was sold in the black market through a racket. In this case, the CBI raided the office of Kolkata’s CA Ganesh Bagaria in the early weeks of December.
The investigation began in September; Court approves CBI
An investigation into the coal scam began in September last year. Since then BJP has been accusing TMC for this. BJP leaders say that TMC leaders converted black money from coal scam into white money through shell companies. The biggest beneficiary in this is Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Abhishek Banerjee is the chairman of the youth wing of TMC. In his party, he had made 15 youth, including Vinay Mishra, as general secretary. Vinay Mishra has been accused of coal scam since the beginning. The TMC had filed a petition in the High Court to stay the CBI probe, which was rejected by the court.