case of scams related to the mines of eastern coalfields
The ED had registered a case under the provisions of the Money Laundering Prevention Act on the basis of an FIR lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in November 2020. The CBI has registered an FIR in connection with the alleged multi-crore scam related to the mines of Eastern Coalfields Limited in and around Asansol in Kunustoria and Kajora areas of the state. The ED had earlier claimed that Abhishek Banerjee was the beneficiary of funds from this illegal business. However, he has denied all the allegations.
Supreme Court’s stand last month
Last month, the couple had moved the Supreme Court challenging the ED’s summons in the case. The ED had summoned the couple to appear for questioning on March 21 and 22. Abhishek and Rujira Banerjee had earlier moved the Delhi High Court against the ED’s summons, stating that since both are residents of West Bengal, they should not be called by the agency to appear in the national capital.
High Court dismissed the petition
On March 11, the High Court dismissed his petition. The plea said that the ED had not even attempted to interrogate the petitioners in Kolkata earlier and it is still not clear what hurdles they would face if the ED interrogates them at their full office in the city. The petitioners had urged the top court to stay the High Court order and direct the ED to summon the petitioners under Section 50 PMLA in Kolkata only.