Trinamool’s senior congressional lawmaker was asked to appear before the federal agency in the nation’s capital on Tuesday.
The Law Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned West Bengal Justice Minister Moloy Ghatak in connection with an alleged charcoal smuggling case. Trinamool’s senior congressional lawmaker was asked to appear before the federal agency on Tuesday.
The ED also issued a new summons to Trinamool National Congress General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee for questioning on September 21 in the smuggling case.
The Lok Sabha MP, who was interrogated for nine hours in Delhi on September 6, previously said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would not be able to gain power in Bengal by using investigative agencies against the leaders of the ruling camp.
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The nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew was summoned for the second time on September 8, but he had informed ED that he was unable to travel from Kolkata at such short notice.
The ED had opened a parallel investigation after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) launched an investigation into the coal smuggling case last year.
It is alleged that crores of illegally mined coal have been sold on the black market for several years by a racketeer operating in the western parts of Bengal, where Eastern Coalfields Limited operates several mines.