Minister of Justice of Bengal interrogated by ED for 9 hours in case of smuggling of coal | Latest India News

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The ED opened a parallel investigation after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) launched an investigation into the smuggling coal case last year.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday questioned West Bengal Justice Minister Moloy Ghatak for about nine hours in connection with an alleged coal smuggling case.

On September 6, the federal agency interviewed the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Abhishek Banerjee, in connection with the same case for about nine hours.

Ghatak, however, declined to speak to the media after stepping out of the ED office at Jamnagar House in Delhi late Thursday evening. Ghatak had ignored several summons from the agency over the past two months.

It has been alleged that illegally mined coal worth several crores was sold on the black market for several years by a racketeer operating in West Bengal where Eastern Coalfields Limited operates several mines.

The ED opened a parallel investigation after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) launched an investigation into the smuggling coal case last year.

Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira also came under the central agency’s scanner. Both, however, had moved the Delhi High Court challenging the summons issued to them.

Previously, the ED had asked Abhishek Banerjee to appear before it on September 6, while Rujira on September 1. Rujira had expressed his inability to appear before the ED on September 1, citing the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and had asked the agency officials to visit his residence in Kolkata.

The Delhi high court had exempted the wife of Congressman Trinamool from personal appearance in a lower court, scheduled for October 30.

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