CBI questions Abhishek’s sis-in-law in ‘coal scam’ NewsFunda



team, comprising eight


, questioned Mamata Benerjee’s nephew


Banerjee’s sister-in-law, Menka Gambhir, at her residence for over three hours on Monday in connection with its probe into the alleged coal-mining scam.

A few minutes before the CBI team knocked at Gambhir’s house on EM Bypass, the Trinamool Congress Diamond Harbour MP’s wife


Banerjee Naroola told the agency that its officers could visit her at her Harish Mukherjee Road residence between 11am and 3pm on Tuesday. She, however, said she “was unaware” why she was being questioned and did not know the “subject matter” of the probe. On Sunday, the CBI had served Rujira and Gambhir summons to question them.

The investigating agency registered an FIR last November, naming six people, including prime suspect Anup Maji and five officials of a nationalised mining company, while several others of a


company, the CISF, the Railways and other departments were under suspicion. Raids were conducted at various places, including at the home of Trinamool youth leader Vinay Mishra in the last few months. Both Mishra and Maji are said to be absconding.

Rujira wrote to CBI additional police superintendent Umesh Kumar (the investigation officer) on Monday morning, acknowledging the summons that arrived when she was not at home on Sunday, and requesting him to inform her about its schedule. A six-member team, led by Kumar, is likely to question Rujira on Tuesday, officials said. The team may be accompanied by a legal adviser, who is being flown in from Delhi. A Kolkata-based lawyer will also be present during the questioning to assist Rujira. There was, however, no official word from CBI.

Kumar and seven CBI officers, including two women, reached Gambhir’s residence at 11.54am on Monday. They unofficially said they wanted to question Gambhir on whether she was aware of a businessman, now based in the UAE. The businessman, CBI suspects, has received a portion of the money from the illegal coalmining scam. It also suspects that the businessman had helped the masterminds of the scam to stash money overseas. The complex chain, CBI believes, extends beyond the UAE to several countries.

“Summons under 160 CrPC are issued to witnesses. It has been decided that they (Rujira and Gambhir) will speak to the CBI officers. They will not move court immediately,” a legal expert said. TMC didn’t respond to the developments or Bengal BJP leaders’ barbs. Abhishek issued a statement on Monday, which read: “We have full faith in the law. However, if they think they can use these ploys to intimidate us, they are mistaken.”

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