CBI summons TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee's wife Rujira in coal pilferage case; 'political vendetta', claims party

Reacting to the notice, the TMC said people will give BJP a befitting reply during the polls. 'So predictable. So desperate. All BJP allies have left them. So the only loyal allies are CBI and ED,' the statement read

FP Staff February 21, 2021 18:24:04 IST
CBI summons TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee's wife Rujira in coal pilferage case; 'political vendetta', claims party

File photo of TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee. PTI

The CBI on Sunday issued a notice summoning TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee's wife Rujira in the coal pilferage case, a move the Trinamool Congress slammed as a "political vendetta".

The BJP and the TMC have run a high-octane campaign for the upcoming West Bengal Assembly polls, with leaders such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee holding rallies across the state.

Abhishek, a TMC MP from Diamond Harbour, is the chief minister's nephew. The saffron party has often alleged that Abhishek gets "preferential treatment" in the TMC.

The Central probe agency had on Friday carried out a fresh round of searches in connection with the case, PTI reported.

The CBI had registered an FIR in November 2020 against the alleged kingpin of the pilferage racket Manjhi alias Lala, Eastern Coalfield Ltd General Managers Amit Kumar Dhar and Jayesh Chandra Rai, ECL chief of security Tanmay Das, area security inspector Kunustoria Dhananjay Rai, and SSI and security in-charge Kajor area Debashish Mukherjee.

The Central probe agency has alleged that the accused Manjhi Lala is involved in the illegal mining and theft of coal from leasehold mines of ECL in Kunustoria and Kajora areas.

Reacting to the notice, the TMC issued a statement saying that people will give a befitting reply to the BJP during the polls. "So predictable. So desperate. All BJP allies have left them. So the only loyal allies are CBI and ED," it stated.

"CBI is the only ally of the BJP left," it added. The party said it was not scared and will fight it out.

Trinamool Congress spokesperson and MP Sougata Roy alleged the CBI visiting Abhishek's house was nothing but political vendetta. "The way BJP was targeting Abhishek for the last few days prove that they were up to something," he said.

Countering the Roy's statement, the saffron party said the TMC was "trying to politicise the matter".

"If someone has committed any wrong, then the law will take its course. Those who are culprits should be punished. No one should try to politicise the matter," BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya told PTI.

The Assembly elections are due in April-May in West Bengal, where the BJP has launched a vigorous campaign to oust the ruling TMC that had secured consecutive wins in 2011 and 2016 under Mamata.

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