CBI may question TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife today in Coal smuggling case

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On Monday, Rujira Banerjee responded to the CBI saying the central agency may visit her residence between 11am and 3pm on Tuesday, Sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are likely to question Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira Banerjee on Tuesday in connection with a multi-crore coal smuggling case.

The central agency has already questioned Rujira Banerjee’s sister Menaka Gambhir for nearly three hours on Monday at her residence, officials said. The CBI had on Sunday visited the residence of Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of chief minister Mamata Banerjee, to serve a notice to his wife for questioning. The agency had also summoned Gambhir for questioning.

On Monday, Rujira Banerjee responded to the CBI saying the central agency may visit her residence between 11am and 3pm on Tuesday. “Though I am unaware of the reason for being called for questioning on the subject matter of the investigation, you may visit my residence as per your convenience between 11am and 3pm tomorrow i.e 23 February 2021,” Rujira Banerjee wrote in her letter to the CBI on Monday morning.

A senior CBI official privy to the developments said that the team which questioned Gambhir was “not fully satisfied” with her answers and the possibility of questioning her again is not being ruled out. After questioning Gambhir, the team held a long meeting on Monday at Nizam Palace in Kolkata to prepare the set of questions for Rujira Banerjee. “At least two bank accounts, one in London and another in Bangkok, have come under the CBI scanner,” the official said, without divulging any further details.

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“The statements given by Rujira Banerjee and Menaka Gambhir will be verified before further steps are taken,” said an official The CBI sending notices to Abhishek Banerjee’s wife and his sister-in-law in a coal smuggling case ahead of the crucial assembly polls in West Bengal has triggered a bitter slugfest between the TMC and its primary opponent the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).