New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday issued a bailable warrant against TMC
MP Abhishek Banerjee
‘s wife Rujira Banerjee
in connection with a complaint filed by the Enforcement Directorate
for allegedly refusing to join the probe in a money laundering case
linked to an alleged coal scam in West Bengal. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria passed the order on the ED’s plea after the agency’s special public prosecutor Nitesh Rana told the court that the accused was not appearing before either the court or the probe agency despite several summons issued against her.
The court posted the matter for August 20.
The ED lodged a case under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act on the basis of a November 2020 FIR registered by the CBI that alleged a multi-crore coal pilferage scam related to the Eastern Coalfields Ltd mines in the state’s Kunustoria and Kajora areas in and around Asansol.
Local coal operative Anup Majhi, alias Lala, is alleged to be the prime suspect in the case.
The ED had earlier claimed that Abhishek Banerjee was a beneficiary of funds obtained from this illegal trade. He has denied all charges.