The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday issued a notice on the wife and sister-in-law of Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. He is suspected in connection with an illegal coal mining case. After several hours when the notice was served in connection with a case registered on November 27, 2020, Abhishek described the development as “Predictable” and “Desperate”.
However, Rujira Banerjee, wife of Abhishek Banerjee, responded to the notice served by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and stated that she is ready to join the probe today.
“Though I am unaware of the reason for me being called for questioning or the subject matter of the Investigation, you may visit my residence, as per your convenience between 11 am and 3 pm i.e 23 February 2021,” Ms Banerjee wrote in a letter addressed to Umesh Kumar, Investigation Officer of the case.
Mr Banerjee had also added that if the agency uses such measures as ploys to “intimidate us, they are mistaken. We are not the ones who would ever be cowed down”.
“At 2 p.m. today, the CBI served a notice in the name of my wife. We have full faith in the law of the land. However, if they think they can use these ploys to intimidate us, they are mistaken. We are not the ones who would ever be cowed down,” the Diamond Harbour MP tweeted, tagging a copy of the notice served to his wife, Rujira Banerjee, on Twitter.
A team of CBI officials arrived at Mr Banejee’s residence on Sunday at Shantiniketan Building situated on 188 Harish Mukherjee Road. As per the CBI reports, notice served to Mrs Banerjee as a witness in a case involving coal theft under Section 160 of Code of Criminal Procedure.
A CBI official stated “A team visited the residence of Mr. Banerjee’s wife, Rujira Banerjee, in Kolkata to deliver the notice for questioning on Sunday. Another notice was sent to his sister-in-law, Maneka Gambhir, in the evening.”
The CBI’s Investigating Officer also said “You are hereby requested to remain present on 21.02.2021 at 15.00 hrs at the above-mentioned address for the purpose of answering certain questions relating to the case.”
It was noted that Ms Rujira Banerjee was not home when the team reached there. According to The CBI officials, the agency is yet to receive an official response from Ms Rujira Banerjee while Ms Gambhir is all set to join the probe today.
Former TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari, who joined the BJP, before few days stated that he had the proof of all the details of a bank account in Bangkok where the proceeds from illegal smuggling of coal were going. “We want action in this regard. The sins committed should be brought out to public domain,” Mr Adhikari said.
Mr Banerjee in reply said, “We are not scared”, adding that “people will give a befitting reply during voting”.