Kolkata: A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrived at the residence of senior TMC leader and MP Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday. According to the sources, the CBI team gave summons to Banerjee’s wife in connection with the coal smuggling case.
The CBI team visited Banerjee’s residence in South Kolkata to serve notice to his wife Rujira Banerjee to join the probe. The team is likely to question her in connection with the case to her residence, sources said. This is the first time that the CBI has summoned Abhishek Banerjee’s wife in the coal smuggling case in which the probe agency conducted multiple raids at several locations across the state last week.
On Friday, the CBI had conducted searches at 13 locations in four districts of poll-bound West Bengal in connection with the coal pilferage scam, officials said. They said the searches are going on in Purulia, Bankura, Pashchim Burdwan and Kolkata. The searches included premises of Amiya Steel Pvt Ltd in Kolkata and Bankura and that of Joydeb Mandal, the alleged deputy of the suspected kingpin of the racket Anup Manjhi.
The CBI had registered an FIR in November last year against Manjhi alias Lala, Eastern Coalfield Ltd General Managers Amit Kumar Dhar (of then Kunustoria area now Pandeveswar area) and Jayesh Chandra Rai (Kajor area) besides ECL Chief of Security Tanmay Das, Area Security Inspector, Kunustoria Dhananjay Rai and SSI and security in-charge Kajor area Debashish Mukherjee. It is alleged that Manjhi is involved in illegal mining and theft of coal from leasehold mines of ECL in Kunustoria and Kajora areas, they said. The CBI acted on information from “reliable sources” that indicated illegal excavation and theft of coal in the leasehold area of ECL in “connivance” with officials of ECL, CISF and Railways.