A Delhi court on Saturday summoned TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira on a complaint filed by the Enforcement Directorate for allegedly refusing to join probe in a money laundering case related to an alleged coal scam in West Bengal.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma directed him to appear before the court on September 30.
The ED, in its complaint, alleged that Rujira refused to appear before the agency here despite repeatedly issuing summons.
The couple on Friday approached the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of the summons issued to them by the ED for questioning in the money laundering case, saying they are residents of Kolkata and did not compel them to join the probe in the national capital. should go.
Banerjee and his wife, nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, have challenged the September 10 summons and also sought a direction to the ED not to summon them to appear in Delhi and thus get them in the matter urgently. Don’t be compelled to join the investigation.
The 33-year-old MP represents the Diamond Harbor seat in the Lok Sabha and is the national general secretary of the Trinamool Congress (TMC).
The petition before the High Court also states that maximum protection is provided to a woman under Section 160 of CrPC, which states that she is not required to be present at any place other than her place of residence. Will be
It claimed that the issue of repeated summons to Rujira to appear before the ED was prima facie illegal and malicious and sought the intervention of the court before resorting to any coercive measures by the agency.
The ED registered the case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act on the basis of a November 2020 FIR lodged by the CBI, alleging the multi-crore coal theft scam related to the mines of Eastern Coalfields Limited in Kunustoria and Kajora areas of the state. . and around Asansol.
Local coal operator Anoop Manjhi alias Lala is being told as the main suspect in this case.
The ED had earlier claimed that Abhishek Banerjee was the beneficiary of the money received from this illegal business. He has denied all the allegations.
Abhishek Banerjee said the ED did not supply him and his wife a copy of the ECIR (Enforcement Case Information Report) and did not indicate the scope of whether they were being called as witnesses or accused. Without being personally called for investigation in Delhi. Is being investigated.
He said that his examination could be held in Kolkata where the ED has a functional and fully equipped zonal office.