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ED summons 4 Bengal businessmen held earlier by CBI in coal smuggling case | Latest News India

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned to Delhi the 4 businessmen who had been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) two months in the past in the Bengal coal smuggling case, officers conscious of the event mentioned.

The suspects, Joydeb Mondal, Narayan Nanda, Nirad Mondal and Gurupada Majhi had been arrested on September 27 from West Burdwan and Bankura districts. They had been not too long ago launched on bail from judicial custody.

Although the ED had earlier arrested three individuals, together with a state police inspector, the CBI, which is conducting a parallel investigation, didn’t arrest anybody in the coal smuggling case earlier than September 27, nearly ten months after beginning the probe.

ED officers mentioned the 4 have been requested to seem for questioning on the company’s office in Delhi subsequent week.

The CBI suspects that they ran the operation on behalf of Anup Majhi alias Lala, the racket’s alleged kingpin named in the primary info report (FIR) the company registered in November 2020. Majhi, was nonetheless, granted immunity from arrest by the Supreme Court. He has appealed for extension of the courtroom order.

According to the CBI, illegally mined coal value a number of thousand crores of rupees have been offered in the black market over a number of years by a racket working in the western elements of Bengal the place the Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) runs quite a few mines.

“The four businessmen are suspected to have played a crucial role in transporting this coal to different parts of Bengal as well as adjacent states. They allegedly sent the sale proceeds to some influential people,” an ED official mentioned on situation of anonymity.

A senior West Bengal police officer, who didn’t wish to be recognized, mentioned that among the many 4, Joydep Mondal was held on a number of expenses even in the course of the Left Front regime that ended when the Trinamool Congress (TMC) got here to energy in 2011.

The CBI and ED have questioned some Indian Police Service (IPS) officers posted in Bengal in addition to quite a few ECL officers. The ED summoned IPS officers, Shyam Singh, Gyanwant Singh and S Selvamurugan to Delhi in September.

The coal smuggling case is a raging political concern in Bengal.

On September 6, TMC nationwide basic secretary and chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, was questioned by the ED in Delhi for nearly 9 hours. He was summoned for the second time on September 8 however Banerjee informed the company that he was unable to journey from Kolkata at such brief discover. He was subsequently summoned on September 21.

Before summoning Banerjee, the ED wished to question his spouse, Rujira Banerjee, in the primary week of September. She nonetheless didn’t go to the ED’s office in Delhi saying travelling in the course of the Covid pandemic could be dangerous for a mom of two infants.

Rujira Banerjee was first questioned by the CBI in February. The CBI staff visited Abhishek Banerjee’s residence. In March, the CBI additionally questioned Rujira’s sister Maneka Gambhir and the latter’s husband Ankush Arora and father-in-law Pawan Arora.

Among the prime suspects in this case is former TMC youth entrance basic secretary and businessman Vinay Mishra who renounced his Indian citizenship in December and have become a citizen of Vanuatu, a small island nation in the southwest Pacific. The businesses have sealed his property in Kolkata and arrested his brother, Vikash.

Incidentally, Abhishek Banerjee, a Lok Sabha member, may also be in Delhi subsequent week to carry a meeting with the TMC’s Parliament members.

Before going through the ED on September 6, Banerjee threw a problem on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying utilizing probe businesses in opposition to TMC leaders is not going to assist the saffron camp achieve any political floor in Bengal.

“TMC will never bow before you (BJP). Do whatever you can. If the ED has any evidence against me, make it public. If anybody can prove that I have accepted even ten paisa from anyone I will voluntarily walk to the gallows and hang myself,” Banerjee had mentioned earlier than reaching the ED office.

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