TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee and wife Rujira called for questioning by ED, also asked for bank details
Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira are accused of getting funds transferred in their company from companies and people associated with them who have been involved in the coal scam
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has called West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira for questioning. The ED has also asked for bank details from both. The ED has asked Abhishek Banerjee to appear on September 6 for questioning in the coal scam case, while his wife has been asked to appear on September 1. Apart from these two, summons have also been issued to three other people.
Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira are accused of getting funds transferred in their company from companies and people associated with them who have been involved in the coal scam. There are also allegations that bogus agreements were made with those companies in lieu of funds. Abhishek's father Amit Banerjee is also a director in one of them. CBI is investigating the coal scam.
According to sources, Rujira Banerjee's company LEAPS & BOUNDS MANAGEMENT Services LLP is under suspicion, some of its banking transactions are suspected by CBI and ED. This company was formed by Abhishek Banerjee in the name of his mother Lata. He formed the second company in March 2017. His wife, sister-in-law and father Amit Banerjee are partners and directors in these companies.
What is coal scam?
On November 27 last year, the Kolkata Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of CBI had registered a case of corruption and criminal breach of trust in connection with illegal mining and off-take of coal from the leasehold area of Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) in parts of West Bengal. ECL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Public Sector Undertaking Coal India Limited (CIL), which is engaged in coal mining in West Bengal and Jharkhand.
The matter pertains to May-August last year, when the Vigilance Department and the ECL Task Force, during inspection, found widespread illegal coal mining and transportation in the leased area of ECL. The team had then found that many machines were engaged in illegal coal mining and a large number of vehicles were also parked there for transportation. The team had then seized coal on a large scale. Many illegal weight measuring machines were also installed in that area. It was clear from this that the work of illegal mining and coal transportation was being conducted in an organized manner.
The CBI had named Anoop Manjhi as the kingpin in this case. Apart from these, the General Managers of ECL Amit Kumar Dhar and Jayesh Chandra Rai, Chief Security Inspector of ECL Tanmay Das and Area Security Inspector Dhananjay Rai and Security In-charge Debashish Mukherjee were also named by the CBI. It is alleged that all of them were stealing coal under the protection of power.