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Coal Scam: ED grills TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, questioning under

Speaking to reporters at the Kolkata airport on Sunday, the MP had said that he would get himself hanged if any central agency can prove his involvement in any illegal transaction.

Coal Scam: ED grills TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, questioning under-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Sep 6, 2021, 3:45 PM IST
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TMC MP and nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Abhishek Banerjee is being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a coal smuggling case.

The questioning of the national general secretary of the All India Trinamool Congress, is taking place at the ED’s Jamnagar House office in Delhi and is being questioned under Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in connection with an alleged coal smuggling case.

According to the ED, the case is connected to top politicians in West Bengal.

The Lok Sabha MP Abhishek was summoned by ED for September 6 along with his wife Rujira Banerjee. However, she requested the agency to question her at her residence citing the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

On reaching the ED office on Monday, Abhishek Banerjee was quoted by ANI as saying, "The investigating agency [ED] summoned me on September 6. I am ready to face any investigation. The investigation agency is doing its job. As citizens, we must cooperate with them."

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According to media reports, the case pertains to two companies - Leaps and Bound Pvt Limited and Leaps and Bound Management Services LLP. A criminal case has been filed under the PMLA after studying a November 2020 FIR of the CBI that alleged a multi-crore coal pilferage scam related to Eastern Coalfields Ltd mines in the state's Kunustoria and Kajora areas in and around Asansol.

These companies’ owners received protection money to the tune of around Rs 4.37 crore from a construction company, the owners of which are being probed in the coal smuggling case.

Speaking to reporters at the Kolkata airport on Sunday, the MP had said that he would get himself hanged if any central agency can prove his involvement in any illegal transaction.

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