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CBI questions Abhishek Banerjee’s wife in coal theft case

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with her nephew and party leader Abhishek Banerjee. File   | Photo Credit: AP

A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday questioned Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife, Rujira Banerjee, in connection with a case involving coal theft. The CBI officials were present at her residence for more than an hour.

Minutes before the team of CBI officers arrived at Mr. Banerjee’s residence on 188 Harish Chatterjee Street, he was visited by his aunt and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The Chief Minister spent about ten minutes with the Banerjees before leaving for the State Secretariat.

The CBI has earlier questioned Mr. Banerjee in connection with a case registered on November 27, 2020 involving coal theft. On Sunday the CBI served a notice to Ms Rujira under Section 160 of Code of Criminal Procedure. In the notice, the agency asked her to be present at her residence on Sunday to answer questions relating to the case.

“Though I am unaware of the reason for me being called for questioning or the subject matter of the investigation, you may visit my residence as per your convenience between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. tomorrow, i.e. 23 February 2021,” Ms .Banerjee had said in her reply to the CBI on Monday.

Over the past few months, the CBI has conducted several raids in Kolkata and other parts of State in connection with the coal theft case. The agency has tracked Anup Majhi alias Lala, and another accused in the case, Trinamool Congress youth leader Vinay Mishra. Both the accused remain elusive despite the agency conducing several raids.

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