Abhishek Banerjee himself has informed about this by tweeting that he was asked to appear before the CBI at 3 pm today (February 21). However, she could not appear. Maneka Gambhir has been asked to appear on Monday.
What is coal scam?
On November 27 last year, the CBI’s Kolkata Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) registered a case of corruption and criminal breach of trust in connection with illegal mining and lifting of coal from the leasehold area of Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) in parts of West Bengal. ECL is a wholly owned subsidiary of public sector undertaking Coal India Limited (CIL), which performs coal mining in West Bengal and Jharkhand.
In fact, the case relates to May-August last year, when the Vigilance Department and the ECL Task Force found during inspection that there was widespread illegal coal mining and hauling in the lease area of ECL. The team had then found that many machines are engaged in illegal coal mining and a large number of vehicles are also standing there for transportation. The team then seized coal on a large scale. Many illegal load measuring machines were also installed in that area. It was clear from this that illegal mining and coal transportation work was being organized in an organized manner.
Black business spread in Bengal, Jharkhand
In fact, there are many mines in the coal belt from Asansol to Purulia and Bankura in West Bengal and from Dhanbad to Ramgarh in Jharkhand where mining operations are suspended but the mafia is still doing illegal mining operations there. In November 2020, CBI had registered a case against several officials of ECL, employees including railway and CISF officials in this connection. The CBI alleged that officers and employees of these departments are illegally mining and stealing coal in collusion.
The CBI has described Anup Manjhi as the kingpin in this case. Apart from these, the CBI has also named ECL general managers Amit Kumar Dhar and Jayesh Chandra Rai, ECL Chief Security Inspector Tanmay Das and Area Security Inspector Dhananjay Rai and security in-charge Debashish Mukherjee.
CBI raids 45 places
On November 28, 2020, the next day after the case was registered, the CBI raided 45 places in West Bengal. Among these were the whereabouts of Vinay Mishra, close to Mamata Banerjee’s MP nephew Abhishek Banerjee. The CBI summoned Mishra four times, but he never appeared before the investigating agency. Now a non-bailable warrant and a lookout notice have been issued against him.
Does Rujira also have a name in the FIR?
On Saturday (February 20), the CBI raided 13 places in Bengal. After this, summons was sent to Rujira Banerjee, wife of Abhishek Banerjee. However, Rujira is not named in the case filed by the CBI. The CBI has also summoned Rujira’s sister Maneka Gambhir and called for questioning. According to sources, on the basis of the statements of witnesses and suspects, the CBI has been seen in illegal coal mining and theft of these two roles and has called for questioning on the same basis.
According to sources, Rujira Banerjee’s company LEAPS & BOUNDS MANAGEMENT SERVICES LLP is under suspicion, CBI is suspicious of some of its banking transactions. Abhishek Banerjee had formed this company in the name of his mother Lata. The second company he formed was in March 2017. Among these companies, his wife, sister-in-law and father Amit Banerjee are partners and directors.