TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee’s wife appears before ED in coal pilferage case, ET EnergyWorld

KOLKATA: Senior TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira has appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today for questioning in the coal pilferage case, officials said. Three ED officers are likely to question her at the agency’s office at CGO Complex in Salt Lake, they said.

The officers arrived here from New Delhi for questioning her, they added.

Rujira was stopped along with her two children at the Kolkata airport on Monday when she was heading to UAE. She was then served the summons for appearing before the agency at 11 am on June 8.

Abhishek, the nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, alleged the “harassment” of his family was aimed at stopping his outreach campaign ahead of the panchayat elections in West Bengal.

Tight security arrangements were made around the CGO Complex to prevent any untoward incident, a senior police officer said.

Last year, the ED questioned Rujira Banerjee in connection with the investigation into the Coal pilferage scam. The CBI also questioned her in 2021 in connection with the investigation in the same case.

The CBI is probing the scam over illegally mined coal from the abandoned mines of Eastern Coalfields, estimated to be worth thousands of crores of rupees, officials said.

The crime proceeds have been transacted through the hawala route, which the ED is probing, they said.

  • Published On Jun 8, 2023 at 01:51 PM IST

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