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Coal smuggling case: Bailable warrant against Rujira Banerjee after ED no-show

A bailable warrant has been issued against Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira Banerjee after she failed to show up for questioning despite multiple summons by the ED.

TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira Banerjee has skipped ED summons several times. (PTI file photo)

A bailable warrant has been issued against Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira Banerjee after she failed to show up for questioning despite multiple summons by the Enforcement Directorate in its probe into the coal smuggling case.

While Abhishek Banerjee has been questioned by the ED in this case twice, his wife Rujira has not deposed before the agency till now despite summons being issued to her.

The ED summoned Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira to appear for questioning at its Delhi office on March 21 and 22. Banerjee and his wife had earlier moved the Delhi High Court against the ED’s summons, but the court refused to grant them any relief. The parliamentarian has repeatedly stated that the ED should question him and his wife in Kolkata and not in Delhi.

Abhishek Banerjee was questioned for eight hours straight by ED officials after he presented himself at the financial probe agency office in March, but his wife skipped the summons. Rujira Banerjee had also skipped the agency’s earlier summons in September last year. She said that travelling to Delhi would “put her life in grave danger amid pandemic”.

COAL SMUGGLING CASE

The CBI lodged an FIR against Anup Majee, Eastern Coalfield Limited (ECL) and unknown others for illegally extracting coal from the Durgapur-Asansol belt and later from Jharkhand.

Sources said illegal coal worth crores of rupees was smuggled in these border areas with the help of government officials and politicians.

ED PROBE

During its probe, the ED allegedly discovered that two companies — Leaps and Bound Pvt Ltd and Leaps and Bound Management Services LLP — with links to Abhishek Banerjee and his family received protection funds amounting to Rs 4.37 crore from a construction company via the accused in the alleged coal smuggling case, sources told India Today.

Abhishek Banerjee’s father Amit Banerjee is allegedly one of the directors of Leaps and Bound Pvt Ltd. His wife Rujira Banerjee is reportedly a director of Leap and Bound Management Services Limited along with his father.

The two companies were receiving funds from business owners in order to avoid “local-level syndicate issues”, officials said.

The ED claims that in March 2020, Anup Majee, the prime accused in the alleged coal smuggling case, directed a witness to deliver money to arrested West Bengal police inspector Ashok Mishra.

The ED purportedly found that crores of rupees packed in cartons were transported almost on a daily basis to Ashok Mishra who delivered the money further.

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2022-05-07 01:00:09

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