CBI examines TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee's wife in coal pilferage case

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the residence ahead of examination

CBI examines TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee's wife in coal pilferage case

CBI officials arrive at the residence of TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee to question his wife Rujira Banerjee in connection with an alleged coal smuggling scam, in Kolkata, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. PTI Photo

Kolkata, February 23

A CBI team examined Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee's wife Rujira on Tuesday in connection with the coal pilferage case, officials said.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the residence of her nephew Abhishek in south Kolkata's Harish Mukherjee Road minutes before the CBI team landed there.

The CBI reached Abhishek's residence just before noon and the examination went on for around an hour, sources said.

The team left around 1.15 pm amid a heavy police presence.

The CBI's visit to Abhishek's residence comes after Rujira told the central agency that she will be available for examination between 11 am and 3 pm on February 23, replying to a notice that the sleuths had hand-delivered her on Sunday.

The agency sought the examination of Rujira Banerjee to ascertain the details of her bank transactions, suspecting a connection to the proceeds of the illegal coal excavation money, sources said.

On Monday, the CBI examined Rujira's sister Menaka Gambhir in connection with the same case.

Two woman officers of the CBI visited Gambhir's residence off EM Bypass and had examined her for nearly three hours.

The developments come months ahead of the assembly elections in the state with Trinamool Congress alleging it to be a political vendetta.

The CBI on November 28 last year carried out a massive search operation in a number of locations across four states -- West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh -- after registering a case against one Anup Majhi alias Lala.

It is alleged that Lala, the alleged kingpin of the scam, is involved in illegal mining and theft of coal from leasehold mines of ECL in Kunustoria and Kajora areas, sources said. PTI

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