CBI examines Abhishek Banerjee’s sister-in-law in coal theft case

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KOLKATA : A CBI team visited the residence of TMC Congressman Abhishek Banerjee Menaka Gambhir’s sister-in-law in Calcutta on Monday to examine it in connection with the coal theft case, officials said.

Two female CBI officers examined Gambhir for nearly three hours at his residence off the eastern side of the Metropolitan Bypass after a notice was sent to him on Sunday, they said.

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Officials from the CBI’s anti-corruption arm have sought to audit its financial accounts, sources said.

Gambhir is the sister of Abhishek’s wife Rujira Banerjee, who told the CBI earlier today that she would be available for an examination in relation to the case at her residence in Harish Mukherjee Road between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on February 23, they added.

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Abhishek, congressman for Diamond Harbor in Trinamool, is the nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The CBI had registered an FIR in November last year against alleged loot racket kingpin Manjhi aka Lala, Eastern Coalfield Ltd General Managers Amit Kumar Dhar (from Kunustoria region now Pandaveswar region) and Jayesh Chandra Rai (Kajora region), besides ECL Chief of Security Tanmay Das, Area Security Inspector, Kunustoria Dhananjay Rai and SSI and Area Security Officer Kajor Debashish Mukherjee.

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It is alleged that the accused Lala is involved in the illegal mining and theft of coal from the ECL lease mines in the Kunustoria and Kajora regions, sources said.

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