Coal Scam West Bengal : TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee Appears Before ED As Summoned , Slams BJP For Using Central Agencies

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TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee on Monday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning in a money laundering case linked to an alleged coal scam in West Bengal.

Before leaving for Delhi, Abhishek slammed the BJP when he as quoted by ANI said, “BJP govt is taking on TMC by using Central agencies. We’ve defeated them & they cannot digest this. I’m ready to bow down before the power of people but not before the people in power”.

The 34-year-old Trinamool Congress (TMC) national general secretary was seen entering the new office of the central probe agency in central Delhi around 11 am.

Officials said Abhishek Banerjee’s statement will be recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and he is expected to be confronted with some “evidences” gathered by investigators in the case.

His role and links with other accused is being investigated, they said.

The Diamond Harbour MP was once questioned in this case in September last year.

Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, told reporters at the Kolkata airport on Sunday that the BJP government at the Centre is using the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for its political interests as it was unable to accept the setback in the 2021 West Bengal assembly polls.

His wife Rujira also left with him for Delhi and is expected to be examined by the agency in the same case on Tuesday.

The ED summons against the two came after the Delhi High Court on March 11 dismissed a plea by the couple challenging the agency notices asking them to appear in the national capital instead of Kolkata.

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