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Abhishek Banerjee’s wife “unaware of reason” over her CBI summons

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Kolkata: A day after Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) summoned Trinamool leader Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira Banerjee to join the probe in a case involving allegations of coal smuggling, on Monday she said that is “unaware of the reason of questioning” while confirming to meet the investigating officers between 11 AM and 3 PM on Tuesday.

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“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 AM and 3 PM tomorrow, i.e. 23 February, 2021,” she said in her letter to CBI.

The summon to Trinamool leader Abhishek Banerjee’s wife, who is West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, comes just months ahead of the state elections.

CBI has also summoned Menaka Gambhir, the sister-in-law of Abhishek Banerjee after allegations were levelled that the leaders of ruling Trinamool Congress were paid regular kickbacks from coal mafia. A team of agency official reached her South Kolkata apartment this afternoon.

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Meanwhile, CBI summon notice to his wife Rujira was publicly shared by Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday alleging that she would be grilled in connection with a cold pilferage case that the central probe agency filed in November last year.

The case was filed to investigate the alleged illegal mining and theft of coal from Kunustoria and Kajoria coal fields of Eastern Coalfield Limited. According to agency insiders, there has been some transfer of money from accounts linked to to the coal theft case to the bank accounts of these two persons.

The money was reportedly channelled through Vinay Mishra, who is the general secretary of the Trinamool’s youth wing that’s headed by Abhishek. On December 31, last year, the CBI had raided the home of Vinay Mishra, who is now on the run. The agency has issued a non-bailable warrant against the absconding accused.

Targeting the rival BJP party in the Centre, Abhishek’s aunt and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee while addressing a public event on Sunday said, “Some leaders from Delhi are saying they know how to break the Bengalis’ spine. Just let them try as they have tried in the past and even today.”

“I am not scared of any threats or browbeating. Don’t try to frighten us with threats of jail. We have overcome all that a long time ago. we who have fought against guns, why should we be afraid of fighting against rats and mice.”

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“I have no fear of threats and browbeating and will never fear such things. It is not so easy to break our spines. I am taught to fight like a warrior and not be scared of cats and rats.”

The Trinamool is apprehensive of the CBI probe as ‘police pressure tactics’ ahead of the West Bengal polls by BJP.

“So predictable. So desperate. All BJP allies have left them. So the only loyal allies are CBI and ED. We will fight it out. We are not scared. We believe people will give a befitting reply during voting,” a source in the party said on Sunday.

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