ED summons West Bengal Justice Minister Moloy Ghatak for second time in coal scam case

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Kolkata: The Law Enforcement (ED) Directorate summoned West Bengal Justice Minister Molay Ghatak for the second time and asked him to be present at their office in New Delhi on February 8 over his link alleged with the coal scam.

According to ED sources, the statement given by Ghatak earlier in this regard does not match that of the other witnesses.

“Each witness says Ghatak knew the names of the kingpins of the scam but no action was taken against them,” the ED sources said.

It can be recalled that early last month, ED summoned Ghatak and asked him to be present before them on February 2, but citing the pandemic, the minister asked for more time.

Last year, on September 13, ED summoned Ghatak which he skipped, but in the meantime he appeared once before ED and was interrogated for several hours.

TMC sources then said that Moloy was summoned on September 14 with five years of his bank details but in a short period of time he was unable to sort out all the necessary details for which there was a delay.

It can be noted that apart from Moloy Ghatak, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee and his wife’s name Rujira Banerjee are also present in the scam.

It can be recalled that in February 2019, Mamata Banerjee staged a protest after CBI traveled to Bengal to interview former police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha ponzi scam and ED officials were forcibly taken into the police vans by the Kolkata police.

Posted: Friday February 4th 2022, 9:16 PM IST

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