The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has alleged that Abhishek Banerjee, a nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and a Trinamool Congress MP, has benefited from illicit coal mining in the state under a ‘deep system’ of political patronage.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has alleged that Abhishek Banerjee, a nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and a Trinamool Congress MP, has benefited from illicit coal mining in the state under a ‘deep system’ of political patronage. Read more – Trinamool leader Abhishek Banerjee’s controversial statement – If BJP pays, vote for Trinamool
The EC on Wednesday made the demand in a custody note filed in a special court seeking extension of custody of West Bengal Police Officer and Bankura Police Station in-charge Ashok Kumar Mishra. Read more – Kovid 19: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will not attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s review meeting, Corona will be discussed
In addition to the police officer, the ED arrested Bikash Mishra, brother of Trinamool Congress youth wing leader Binoy Mishra, in a case where local businessman Anup Majhi alias Lala was the main suspect. Read more – WB Assembly Election 2021: PM Modi attacks Mamata Banerjee
The ED arrested the inspector on April 3 and the court remanded him in custody until Wednesday. The court extended his custody granted to ED till April 12.
Following the study of the CBI’s FIR in 2020, the ED has filed a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The CBI has accused Eastern Coalfields Ltd of stealing crores of rupees worth of coal in Kunusturia and Kajora areas around Asansol.
The EC noted in custody that illegal coal mining has spread in the state under the auspices of the ruling party. The agency has accused Majhi, Binoy and Bikash Mishra of providing connections to the family members of the accused Banerjee.
Diamond Harbor MP Abhishek Banerjee has denied the allegations.
The ED said documents seized from Majhi and Neeraj Singh show that the money earned from illegal coal mining was paid secretly.
The agency claimed, “It is further learned that in less than two years, the boatman has earned Rs 13,522 crore from illegal coal mining.”