New Delhi/Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday visited the residence of TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee forward of the CBI examination of his spouse within the coal theft case. The TMC supremo was at Abhishek’s home for round ten minutes.
Rujira Banerjee, the spouse of Abhishek, had responded to the CBI’s discover within the alleged coal pilferage rip-off and requested the central company to ship its crew to her residence for examination between 11 am and three pm on Tuesday. The CBI had on Sunday requested her to affix the probe.
The poll-bound state’s political cauldron was on the boil Sunday over CBI summons to Abhishek Banerjee’s spouse in coal pilferage rip-off, triggering political slugfest with the TMC accusing the BJP of pursuing political vendetta and the saffron celebration urging it to not politicise the matter.
Through the day, a CBI crew went to the Kolkata residence of Abhishek Banerjee, TMC MP and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, serving a discover to his spouse and his sister-in-law to affix the probe within the coal pilferage case.
The Trinamool Congress accused the ruling BJP on the Centre of political vendetta and Abhishek Banerjee mentioned they might not be cowed down by such techniques.
“Do not attempt to intimidate us with jail. We’ve got fought towards weapons and should not afraid of preventing towards rats,” a fuming Mamata Banerjee mentioned at an occasion quickly after the CBI motion. The BJP hit out on the TMC, accusing it of politicising the matter, and mentioned the legislation will take its course.
The company crew handed over the discover issued by Investigation Officer Umesh Kumar, Further Superintendent of Police within the CBI, in reference to the case of theft of coal from the mines of Japanese Coalfields Ltd in West Bengal by which Anup Manjhi is the alleged mastermind, sources mentioned. The discover issued on Sunday requested Abhishek Banerjee’s spouse Rujira Banerjee to stay current at her deal with on Harish Mukherjee Highway on the identical day “for the aim of answering sure questions referring to the case”, they mentioned.
“Nevertheless, she couldn’t be questioned immediately,” a supply mentioned. Rujira’s sister Menaka Gambhir has been requested by the CBI to affix the probe on Monday when she might be quizzed by the investigation crew, the sources mentioned.
“At 2 PM immediately, the CBI served a discover within the title of my spouse. We’ve got full religion within the legislation of the land. Nevertheless, in the event that they assume they’ll use these ploys to intimidate us, they’re mistaken. We aren’t those who would ever be cowed down,” Abhishek Banerjee tweeted. The discover to Banerjee’s relations from the central company got here a day earlier than a court docket in Kolkata is because of hear a defamation case filed by him towards House Minister Amit Shah who’s spearheading the BJP marketing campaign within the state.
The court docket has summoned Shah to seem earlier than it “personally or by means of a pleader” on Monday. Banerjee’s lawyer Sanjay Basu had claimed that Shah had made sure defamatory statements towards the TMC MP on August 11, 2018, throughout a BJP rally at Mayo Highway in Kolkata.
The sources mentioned the central probe company had on Friday carried out a contemporary spherical of searches in reference to the coal theft case. The CBI had registered an FIR in November final yr towards the alleged kingpin of the pilferage racket Manjhi alias Lala, Japanese Coalfield Ltd Common Managers Amit Kumar Dhar (of then Kunustoria space now Pandaveswar space) and Jayesh Chandra Rai (Kajor space) moreover ECL Chief of Safety Tanmay Das, Space Safety Inspector, Kunustoria Dhananjay Rai and SSI and safety in-charge Kajor space Debashish Mukherjee.
It’s alleged that accused Manjhi Lala is concerned within the unlawful mining and theft of coal from leasehold mines of ECL in Kunustoria and Kajora areas, the sources mentioned. The meeting elections within the state are due in April-Could. The BJP has launched a vigorous marketing campaign to oust the ruling TMC that had secured consecutive wins in 2011 and 2016 below its chief Mamata Banerjee.
Abhishek Banerjee, a Lok Sabha member from Diamond Harbour constituency, wields appreciable affect within the celebration and has been main the Trinamool Congress’ counter-attack. The CBI has additionally summoned Binay Mishra, understood to be a detailed confidant of Abhishek Banerjee, in a separate case of cattle smuggling.
In an announcement on the CBI motion, the TMC on Sunday mentioned that folks will give a befitting reply to the BJP throughout the polls. “So predictable. So determined. All BJP allies have left them. So the one loyal allies are CBI and ED,” it acknowledged.
“CBI is the one ally of the BJP left,” the celebration mentioned, including that it was not scared and can combat it out. “The way in which BJP was focusing on Abhishek for the previous couple of days proves that they have been as much as one thing,” Trinamool Congress spokesperson and MP Sougata Roy mentioned.
The BJP, which has been focusing on the TMC over the corruption problem, mentioned those that commit unsuitable have to be punished as per the legislation. “If somebody has dedicated any unsuitable, then the legislation will take its course. Those that are culprits must be punished. Nobody ought to attempt to politicise the matter,” BJP nationwide common secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya informed PTI.
State BJP spokesperson mentioned Shamik Bhattacharya mentioned the TMC management shouldn’t be anxious whether it is within the clear. “Why is TMC so anxious and tensed if they’ve dedicated no unsuitable? If the CBI acts, then it turns into political vendetta. If the CBI would not act, we hear accusations of political match-fixing of TMC-BJP.
“Let the CBI do its job. If somebody has not dedicated a criminal offense, then there may be nothing to fret about,” Bhattacharya mentioned. State Congress president Adhir Chowdhury mentioned the CBI ought to conduct its investigation with none political interference.
After having a restricted presence within the politically polarised Bengal for many years, the BJP has emerged because the ruling Trinamool Congress’s primary rival by successful 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal 2019 common elections, solely 4 in need of TMC’s tally of 22.