Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee has got a big relief from the Supreme Court in the coal smuggling case. The Supreme Court on Monday, while hearing the TMC leader’s petition, directed the ED (Enforcement Directorate) not to take any coercive stand. The Supreme Court also made it clear that there is no restriction on Abhishek Banerjee’s foreign travel.
Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and Trinamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee had sought permission from the Supreme Court to go abroad for the treatment of wife Rujira Banerjee . For Rujira’s treatment, Abhishek has to accompany her to Dubai. Giving great relief to Abhishek, the Supreme Court has allowed him to go abroad.
Abhishek Banerjee has been questioned twice
The court had stayed the arrest of Abhishek and Rujira. The court had directed the ED to interrogate Abhishek Banerjee and his wife in Kolkata itself. However, the court further said that the state machinery should not be misused in any way during the interrogation. If this happens, strict action will be taken.
ED has questioned Abhishek Banerjee twice
In this case, the ED has questioned Abhishek Banerjee twice so far. The ED had earlier claimed that Abhishek Banerjee was the beneficiary of this illegal trade. However, Abhishek denied all the allegations.
this is the case
The ED had registered the case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 on the basis of an FIR lodged by the CBI in November 2020, relating to mines of ‘Eastern Coalfields Limited’ in Asansol and its adjoining Kunustoria and Kajora areas worth crores of rupees. Coal scam has been alleged.
Lala is the main accused
Local coal trader Anoop Majhi alias Lala is the main accused in this case. The probe agency has claimed that the documents recovered show that Majhi transferred the proceeds of coal smuggling to the bank accounts of Abhishek Banerjee’s close relatives (wife and sister-in-law) in London and Thailand.