The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is carrying out raids on six locations in West Bengal, including the residence of the state’s Justice Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader, Moloy Ghatak, in Asansol, in the part of the alleged coal scam case, news agency ANI reported. .
Five locations in Kolkata and one in Asansol – residence of Moloy Ghatak – are being sought by the investigative agency in connection with the scam.
West Bengal | CBI raids underway at 6 premises of TMC leader and West Bengal Minister Moloy Ghatak – five in Kolkata and one in Asansol – in connection with coal scam.
Visuals of one of its premises in Kolkata. pic.twitter.com/pSwl2CDZky
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The investigative agency, aided by a huge contingent of central paramilitary personnel, carried out searches of these properties. Female officers were also part of the team.
“While his name has surfaced in the coal smuggling scam, we need to find out what his role was. We have evidence of Ghatak’s involvement in the scam,” a CBI officer said, as reported PTI.
Ghatak was not present at his residences when the raids took place.
The justice minister’s family members were asked to sit in a room and their phones were confiscated by CBI detectives during the raid on his house in Asansol, PTI reported quoting the police officer. CBI.
A large deployment of security forces was observed around the Ghatak residence.
On September 20, 2012, the CBI had registered a case in the case under Section – 120B r/w 420 IPC r/w 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of the 1988 Act on the prevention of corruption. Following the investigation, an indictment was filed against Grace Industries Limited and Mukesh Gupta, the company’s director in court on October 28, 2014, ANI reported.
The Tribunal, on August 10, 2015, took cognizance of the offense and issued summonses to the accused to appear before the Tribunal. During the trial, a total of 34 witnesses were questioned by the prosecution/CBI to prove its case.
Several Trinamool leaders, including the party’s national general secretary, Abhishek Banerjee, were recently interviewed by the CBI. While former Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee is in jail in connection with the SSC scam, Anubrata Mondal has been arrested by the CBI in connection with the cattle smuggling case.
Ghatak skipped several other ED summonses related to the scam.
(With ANI and PTI inputs)