Coal Smuggling Case: Big money sent to Mamta's nephew's sister-in-law's London-based bank account

CBI has also received information about a bank account in London after Bangkok, the sister-in-law of Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress MP and nephew of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

22nd February, 2021

CBI, which is probing the case of illegal coal mining and smuggling, has also received information about a bank account in London after the Bangkok of Maneka Gambhir, sister of Trinamool Congress MP and Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. A large amount of money has been delivered through money laundering. On the other hand, Abhishek's wife Rujira Narula Banerjee wrote a letter to the Central Investigation Agency on Monday after receiving the CBI's notice on Sunday, saying that on February 23 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, officers can come to his house and inquire. In such a situation, the CBI team will question him on Tuesday. Women will also be included in this team. CBI sources say that the entire transaction in Maneka Gambhir's London-based bank account was done through shell (pseudo) companies. Maneka Gambhir was also issued a notice by the CBI.

Along with this, CBI officials also questioned him at his home in South Kolkata on Monday afternoon. However, when the CBI team arrived at his residence, the security guards blocked him from entering. Later on, agreeing, he agreed. Ruhira's accounts were sent every month, some important information has been received by the CBI in the transactions involved in the rupee coal scam, in which Rujira's name has also been revealed. For this information, CBI wants to interrogate him. According to sources, the money was sent from Rujira's bank accounts to Maneka's account every month. It is said that Rujira has four bank accounts abroad, in which this transaction took place. In such a case, a notice has been issued to them for registering a statement as a witness under Section 160 of CrPC.

Know what is coal scam

On November 27 last year, the CBI's Kolkata-based Anti Corruption Branch in connection with illegal mining and lifting of coal from the leasehold area of ​​Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of public sector undertaking Coal India Limited in parts of Bengal A case of corruption and criminal breach of trust was registered. ECL mines coal in Bengal and Jharkhand. In fact, there are many mines, in the coal belt from Asansol in Bengal to Purulia and Bankura and from Dhanbad to Ramgarh in Jharkhand, where mining operations are suspended, but the mafia is still doing illegal mining. In November 2020, the CBI in this regard, several officials of ECL, Cases were registered against officials of Railways and CISF including employees. The CBI alleged that the officials and employees of the above departments are illegally mining and stealing coal in collusion. The CBI has named Anup Majhi as the kingpin in this case. On November 28, 2020, the CBI raided 45 places in Bengal. Among these were the whereabouts of Vinay Mishra, nephew of Mamata Banerjee and close to MP Abhishek Banerjee.

Category: India: West Bengal

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Pankaj Prasad