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West Bengal Chief Minister (CM) Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira Banerjee have been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection to an Rs 1300 crore worth money laundering scam.
Abhishek, national general secretary of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), has been asked to appear before the ED on 6th September. Accordingly, his wife has been directed to come for questioning a week earlier on 1st September.
Meanwhile, it has been reported by the Times of India (TOI) that some close aides of Abhishek too have been called for probing purposes.
In fact, his associate Vinay Mishra has already fled to Vanuatu and given up his Indian citizenship to save himself from the investigating agency. Mishra is considered to be critical in arranging the proceeds of crime for the illegal coal mining case.
On the other hand, hawalas controlled by Rujira in Thailand and London are alleged to have sent out money amounting to Rs 168 crore out of the country in relation to the aforementioned illegal coal mining case.
“The transactions (of Thailand and London) were related to Rujira Banerjee,” the ED’s statement to a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court was quoted in the given TOI report.