Abhishek Banerjee's Wife Rujira Summoned by CBI for Investigation in Coal Theft Case

New Delhi: The CBI issued a summon against Trinamool Congress(TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife, Rujira Banerjee on Sunday. This was about an ongoing investigation of coal pilferage. It began with the theft of coal from Kunustoria and Kajoria fields. The Eastern Coal Fields Limited operated both fields. A summon was also sent to Rujira’s sister, Menaka Gambhir who agreed to join the CBI in the probe.

The CBI officials reached Banerjee’s Kalighat abode on Sunday where they found no one. So they left after 15mins, serving the summon notice to Rujira. The CBI expressed their need to question her about some of her recent bank transactions.

Abhishek Banerjee has been dragged into a coal theft case(PTI)

Abhishek Banerjee responded to this by officially tweeting that he has full faith in the law of the land. He refused to succumb to these so-called ploys. Tight security has been appointed in front of his house since then. According to the TMC spokesperson, Kunal Ghosh, this occurrence is a mere political motivation.

Senior TMC leader MP Saugata Roy believes the occurrence to be “predictable”. CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty said that Delhi could have initiated the investigation two years back. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (from Congress) said that the summoned person should be in active cooperation with the CBI.

The CBI had raided residences of Vinay Mishra, a TMC leader, businessmen Amit Singh and Niraj Singh, in December. The suspicion was a sale of coal, worth a fortune, in the black market. This racket had been continuing for several years in the western parts of West Bengal. The operation was being carried on by Eastern Coalfields Limited.

BJP has supposed the involvement of TMC. They suspected kickbacks leading back to Vinay. Abhishek Banerjee was the one to appoint him.

As per reports, this is not the first time that controversy has sprung up against Rujira. She had been held earlier for carrying gold without declaration at the Netaji Subash Chandra Bose International Airport in 2019.

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