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ED questions TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife in coal theft case MPNRC

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday questioned Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira Narula Banerjee at her city office in connection with its probe into the multi-crore coal theft scam. Rujira went to the ED office at the CGO premises at around 11 am with her son in her lap.

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The officer said that four officers, including two women, are questioning him. “We are questioning him about some transactions done in a bank account in Bangkok. His answers are being matched by those who were earlier questioned in the same case.

The Supreme Court has given 24-hour advance notice to the ED to interrogate Banerjee and his wife in the coal smuggling case in Kolkata.

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The ED had expressed apprehension in the apex court citing previous instances of violence against CBI officials, who were besieged in the city after their office was called by three heavyweight TMC leaders in connection with another scam. It had mailed the state police seeking protection. After this, heavy police arrangements were made at the ED office here, a senior officer of the force said.

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The investigation is related to the FIR registered by the CBI in the theft scam worth crores of rupees in 2020. The CBI has so far questioned Rujira twice in connection with the scam.

Last year too, the central agency had questioned Rujira’s sister Menoka Gambhir, her husband and father-in-law in connection with the probe. It is alleged that illegal mining of coal was done in the leasehold mines of Eastern Coalfields in Kunustoria and Kajora areas near Asansol in West Bengal.

The probe has indicated financial transactions worth Rs 1,300 crore, most of which, according to the CBI, went to several influential people.

Investigation revealed that money was deposited in the foreign bank accounts of these influential people through hawala.

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