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ED issues second summons to TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee’s sister-in-law Maneka Gambhir in coal scam case

TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee's sister-in-law Maneka Gambhir was summoned to ED office in Kolkata at 12.30 am last night in connection with coal smuggling case

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: In the breaking development in the case, The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons to Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee’s relative Maneka Gambhir for questioning in a money laundering case. Official sources gave this information. In fact, he had “mistakenly” issued a notice to Gambhir to appear on Monday at 12.30 pm instead of 12.30 pm on Sunday. Gambhir was served a notice on September 10 by ED officials at the Kolkata airport to appear at the agency’s office here on Monday “at 12.30 pm”.

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They had barred him from boarding a foreign-bound flight citing the need to interrogate him in the alleged coal scam case. Sources said that Gambhir had reached the ED office in Salt Lake as per the time given in the summons but it was inadvertently issued a wrong date and she found the office closed and returned after taking some pictures.

Official sources said the midnight timing given in the earlier summons was a “typical error”, which led to ‘AM (am)’ instead of ‘PM (pm)’ while it was changed to ’12:30 pm on September 12′. ” it should have happened.

He said that now Gambhir has been sent a fresh summon to appear before the agency at around 2 pm. The ED has not yet questioned Gambhir in this case. The CBI had earlier questioned him in this case. The Calcutta High Court had in August directed the ED to question Gambhir at its regional office in Kolkata instead of Delhi. At the same time, he had also directed not to take any coercive action against Gambhir till the next date of hearing on the matter.

Gambhir had challenged the ED’s summons saying he was asked to appear in Delhi on September 5 in connection with the alleged coal scam case and had requested the court to direct the agency to conduct interrogation in Kolkata. The ED had earlier questioned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira in this case.

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