A group of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrived on the residence of senior TMC chief and MP Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday. Based on the main points, the CBI group gave summons to Banerjee in reference to the coal smuggling case. On Friday, the CBI had carried out searches at 13 places in 4 districts of poll-bound West Bengal in reference to the coal pilferage rip-off, officers stated.
They stated the searches are happening in Purulia, Bankura, Pashchim Bardhaman and Kolkata.
The searches included premises of Amiya Metal Pvt Ltd in Kolkata and Bankura and that of Joydeb Mandal, the alleged deputy of the suspected kingpin of the racket Anup Manjhi.
The CBI had registered an FIR in November final 12 months in opposition to Manjhi alias Lala, Jap Coalfield Ltd Normal Managers Amit Kumar Dhar (of then Kunustoria space now Pandaveswar space) and Jayesh Chandra Rai (Kajor space) in addition to ECL Chief of Safety Tanmay Das, Space Safety Inspector, Kunustoria Dhananjay Rai and SSI and safety in-charge Kajor space Debashish Mukherjee.
It’s alleged that Manjhi is concerned in unlawful mining and theft of coal from leasehold mines of ECL in Kunustoria and Kajora areas, they stated.
The CBI acted on data from “dependable sources” that indicated unlawful excavation and theft of coal within the leasehold space of ECL in “connivance” with officers of ECL, CISF and Railways.