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ED summons TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee again in money laundering case

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New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday summoned Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee to appear before its officials on March 29 in a money laundering case related to an alleged coal scam in West Bengal.

The agency will continue to record the statement of Mr Banerjee (34) in the case lodged under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), they added.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) national general secretary and nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was questioned by Enforcement Directorate officials for about eight hours in Delhi on Monday (March 21).

That was the second time he was questioned in the case. He was first grilled by Enforcement Directorate officials in September last year.

Banerjee’s role and links with the other accused in the case are being investigated, ED officials had said.

While leaving the Enforcement Directorate office on Monday, the TMC leader told reporters that he was a “law-abiding citizen” and hence, had “cooperated” in the investigation.

He alleged that probe agencies such as the ED, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Income Tax department are being used by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to “scare the opposition and its political personalities”.

The last Enforcement Directorate summons against Banerjee and his wife Rujira was issued after the Delhi High Court, on March 11, dismissed a plea moved by the couple, challenging the notices asking them to appear before the agency in Delhi instead of Kolkata.

Rujira was asked to appear before the agency in Delhi on Tuesday (March 22), but she did not turn up.

Banerjee had said his wife had to take care of their two-and-a-half-year-old kid and hence, was unable to travel to Delhi.

 

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