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Kolkata39 minutes ago
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek, daughter-in-law Rujira, sister-in-law’s sister Maneka and some friends of Abhishek are accused of coal scam. However, the Trinamool alleges that the central government is using the CBI to create pressure before the elections.
In the coal scam, CBI questioned Rujira Banerjee, daughter-in-law of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, for about two and a half hours. According to sources, the CBI asked Rujira many questions regarding money transactions and sudden increase in assets. It is said that during this time her husband Abhishek was also present along with Rujira.
Mamta reached nephew’s house before CBI arrived
Before the team of the investigating agency reached Abhishek’s house, he met Mamata, daughter-in-law and nephew. She stayed here for about 10 minutes and took an eight-year-old granddaughter with her on the way. She did not want the granddaughter to be present during the interrogation. Earlier on Monday, the CBI also questioned Abhishek’s sister-in-law Maneka Gambhir for about three hours. Many close friends of Abhishek are in the grip of the CBI in this case.
Trinamool furious over CBI action
The raid in the house and office of Abhishek Banerjee’s close friends has led to the outbreak of Trinamool Congress leaders. They allege that BJP is resorting to CBI to create pressure in Bengal elections. Trinamool MP Saugat Roy said there was no ally with the BJP. His colleagues are CBI and ED. With these help, they threaten other parties. Pressure is also being put on the Trinamool. Whatever notice has been given to our leaders, we will fight it legally.
BJP said, only wrongdoers are afraid
The BJP has retaliated on the Trinamool allegations. BJP West Bengal president Dilip Ghosh said that the CBI had started investigating the matter much earlier. This is not the first time that notices are being sent and inquiries are taking place. CBI is working within the purview of the law. The people of Trinamool are afraid because they have done wrong. Those who do wrong things are afraid.
13 bases were raided on Friday
In the same case, the CBI on Friday raided 13 places in Purulia, Bankura, Burdwan and Kolkata of the state. The raids took place at the locations 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.
Allegations of illegally selling coal worth thousands of crores
Trinamool leaders have been accused in the coal scam. It also includes Abhishek’s name. 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, even in the early weeks of December, the CBI raided the office of CA Ganesh Bagaria of Kolkata.
The investigation began in September
The investigation into the coal scam began in September last year. Since then, BJP has been alleging that TMC leaders converted black money from coal scam into white money through shell companies. The biggest beneficiary of this has been Abhishek, the nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Abhishek is the president of Trinamool’s youth wing. In his party, he had made 15 youth, including Vinay Mishra, as general secretary. Vinay has been accused of coal scam since the beginning. The Trinamool had filed a petition in the High Court to stay the CBI probe, which was rejected.