Bengal: CBI conducts raids at 4 places in connection with coal smuggling case

Kolkata, March 16: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigating coal smuggling in poll-bound West Bengal, the agency carried out searches at around 4 locations in West Bengal in connection with its ongoing probe.

As per available information, local coal smugglers were searched by the agency. Some of the locations which were searched by the agency include Premises of Amit Agarwal & Sonu Agarwal in Hanuman charai, GT Road at Kulti.

The second location is A-1/6 arm strong avenue, section 2(B), Bidhannagar, opposite of Bank of India in Durgapur.

The third location is M/s Jai Shree Steels Pvt Ltd. Bamunara, Kanksa, Durgapur.

Forth one is 37 Shakespeare Sarani, SB towers, 3rd floor, Kolkata 700017.

On the other hand, CBI on Monday questioned relatives of Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee in connection with its investigation into the multi-crore coal pilferage case.

The central agency had on Friday issued a notice to Ankush Arora, husband of Menaka Gambhir who is the sister-in-law of Banerjee, for questioning in the illegal coal mining case.

The agency also asked Gambhir’s father-in-law Pawan Arora to join the investigation.

Both have appeared before the anti-corruption branch officers at CBI’s Nizam Palace office here for interrogation,” a source in the agency said.

A CBI team had on February 23 visited the residence of Banerjee and examined his wife Rujira in connection with the case. The agency also examined Rujira’s sister on the previous day on the same matter.

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Abhishek is West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew.

When Gambhir was interrogated by the CBI, she had told the sleuths that her husband and father-in-law were in the knowledge of some bank transactions. She claimed that she was not aware of anything,” the agency source said.

Earlier, searches were conducted at the residences and offices of people who are “considered close to Anup Majee alias Lala” — the main accused in the coal scam.

Majee is believed to be involved in the illegal coal mining in the Asansol-Raniganj belt of Eastern Coalfields Ltd and has been evading arrest. The CBI has also issued a look-out notice against him.