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‘Centre Vs State’ Again as ED Claims Kolkata Police ‘Forged’ Court Order in Mamata Nephew Case

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party has taken up cudgels against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the aftermath of the Enforcement Directorate filing a police complaint accusing Kolkata police of “forging” a court order in a case linked to the Trinamool Congress chief’s nephew, Abhishek.

The order required an officer of the ED to provide his voice sample in a criminal case in West Bengal. Police allegedly omitted that the voice sample should be obtained with the ED officer’s consent.

Police in Bengal is under the chief minister’s charge.

“The state government is using police to fabricate a court order. The police are misleading the ED by changing a court order. This is being done to put pressure on the ED, which is probing several cases in the state,” BJP MLA Suvendu Adhikari said, according to Indian Express. He also added that BJP will move Calcutta high court “if needed,” demanding intervention.

Based on the ED’s complaint, the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch had registered the FIR, and told news agency PTI that summons could be issued to Kolkata Police officials soon.

“An FIR has been filed against officials of the Kolkata Police after the ED complained of forgery and fabrication of a court order sent to them by the Kolkata Police. The court order sent by them stated that ED Joint Director Kapil Raj should provide his voice sample but omitted the words that included seeking his consent,” a senior officer told PTI.

The case being probed by the Kolkata Police was registered on the basis of a complaint by Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, TMC MP and party general secretary Abhishek Banerjee. Banerjee lodged the complaint after an audio conversation was aired by a news channel in April 2021, in which a businessman and an ED officer were allegedly heard talking about Abhishek Banerjee having received pay-offs.

An Alipore magistrate’s court had asked for the ED joint director’s voice sample – obtained with his consent – purportedly to match them with the voice in the aired clip.

ED sources told PTI that the agency received the court order from the Kolkata Police without the mention of the word “consent” in it.

The Calcutta high court on Friday, April 29, imposed a stay for three weeks on the Alipore court’s orders, amidst the ED’s allegation, LiveLaw has reported.

ED joint director Raj is the supervisory officer probing the alleged coal smuggling case against Abhishek Banerjee. Banerjee has been questioned by the ED in this case twice.

ED officials said the alleged “deliberate omission or editing of the word consent from the order was an attempt to intimidate the agency and its officers probing money laundering cases in West Bengal including the coal scam investigation”.

Abhishek Banerjee has called the ED investigation “vendetta politics” by the Union government against him and his party.

Bharatiya Janata Party, the party in the opposition in West Bengal, has taken up cudgels against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in this case too.

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2022-05-01 01:15:35

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