Abhishek Banerjee, TMC MP and nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, appeared earlier than the Enforcement Directorate (ED) right here on Monday for questioning in a cash laundering case linked to an alleged coal pilferage rip-off within the state, officers stated. The 33-year-old MP arrived on the workplace of the central company at Jam Nagar home in central Delhi simply earlier than 11 AM.
“I’m able to face investigation…the company officers are doing their work and I’ll cooperate with them,” he stated. The investigating officer of the case will document his assertion below provisions of the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA), officers stated.
Abhishek Banerjee represents the Diamond Harbour seat within the Lok Sabha and is the nationwide normal secretary of the Trinamool Congress (TMC). The ED has filed a prison case below the PMLA after learning a November, 2020 FIR of the CBI that alleged a multi-crore coal pilferage rip-off associated to Japanese Coalfields Ltd mines within the state’s Kunustoria and Kajora areas in and round Asansol.
Chatting with reporters on the Kolkata airport on Sunday, the MP had stated that he would get himself hanged if any central company can show his involvement in any unlawful transaction. Native coal operative in West Bengal, Anup Majhi alias Lala, is alleged to be the prime suspect within the case. The ED had claimed that Abhishek Banerjee was a beneficiary of funds obtained from this unlawful commerce.
His spouse Rujira was additionally summoned by the company on this case on September 1 however she didn’t seem citing the prevailing coronavirus scenario and requested the company to as an alternative query her in Kolkata. It’s understood that the company might grant her the reduction.
Some Indian Police Service (IPS) officers and a lawyer linked to Abhishek Banerjee have additionally been summoned to look on completely different dates on this month within the case. Reacting to those summonses, Chief Minister Banerjee final week accused the Centre of letting unfastened its companies on her nephew and claimed some BJP ministers had been working “hand in glove” with the coal mafia.
The ED has arrested two individuals on this case until now. One among them is Vikas Mishra, the brother of TMC youth wing chief Vinay Mishra, who’s acknowledged to have left the nation someday again and and renounced his Indian citizenship. The second particular person arrested within the case early this yr is former Inspector in-charge of Bankura police station Ashok Kumar Mishra.
The ED had earlier claimed that the Mishra brothers acquired “proceeds of crime price Rs 730 crore on behalf of some influential individuals and for themselves” on this case involving an estimated quantity of Rs 1,352 crore. A “deep system” of political patronage and a “well-oiled” equipment was used to openly perform sure illegal coal mining in West Bengal, the ED has claimed earlier than a court docket whereas looking for the remand of Inspector Mishra in April.
A cost sheet was additionally filed by the ED in Might this yr. Quoting the recorded assertion of an unidentified “shut affiliate” of Majhi, the ED had earlier alleged that prime suspect Majhi had been operating his “unlawful coal mining enterprise easily by managing senior functionaries of political get together of West Bengal although Inspector Mishra.” The assertion of this unidentified “witness” furnished by the ED within the remand observe acknowledged that “it’s identified proven fact that Vinay Mishra collected cash from unlawful coal mining of Majhi and his associates for his carefully related political boss in current ruling get together; that Vinay Mishra is youth chief of TMC and he’s very near Abhishek Banerjee and that he (Vinay Mishra) is the eyes and ears of Abhishek Banerjee.” The company had claimed that paperwork seized by it present that “Majhi assisted in transferring substantial funds derived from the proceeds of crime to Shri Abhishek Banerjee’s shut kinfolk (spouse and sister-in-law) at London and Thailand.” .