CBI raids the homes of the young TMC leader in Kolkata in the case of coal smuggling; BJP targets Abhishek Banerjee – news from India

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday robbed three residences of businessman and youth, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Vinay Mishra, and businessmen Amit Singh and Niraj Singh, who are brothers, in connection with the investigation into development in the case of coal smuggling.

None of the suspects were at home during the raids. Notifications were issued, asking Mishra and the others to appear at the CBI office in Kolkata on January 4.

It is alleged that the illegally extracted coal, worth several thousand crore rupees, was sold on the black market for several years by a rocket operating in the western parts of West Bengal, where Eastern Coalfields Limited operates several mines.

In early December, the CBI also attacked the home and office of Ganesh Bagaria, a certified accountant in Kolkata.

Since the poll began in September, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claims that the money from the sales was whitewashed through shell companies and siphoned into the ruling party’s funds. BJP also claimed that the main beneficiary is Abhishek Banerjee, a member of Lok Sabha and nephew of Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Abhishek Banerjee is also the chairman of TMC’s youth wing. On July 20, he appointed 15 general secretaries, including Mishra.

Accompanied by central police personnel, CBI teams attacked three apartments Mishra owns in Chetla and Rashbehari in southern Kolkata and Lake Town in eastern Kolkata on Thursday. The residences in the south of Mishra in Kolkata are located not far from the Mamata and Abhishek Banerjee houses.

CBI officials declined to comment on the outcome of the raids and the progress of the investigation. An official said on condition of anonymity that several laptops, which were password protected, and documents had been confiscated from Mishra residences.

Anup Majhi, alias Lala, the main suspect in this case, is moving away and a surveillance notice has already been issued by the investigating agency. In November, the CBI attacked 36 offices allegedly run by Majhi and also carried out an investigation at the ECL headquarters in Asansol.

CBI teams also attacked the residences of Amit Singh and Niraj Singh in Konnagar in Hooghly district on Thursday. Mishra and the Singh brothers are also under a cloud over allegations of possible involvement in cow smuggling in Bangladesh that the IWC has been investigating since 2018. So far, two Border Security Force (BSF) commanders have been arrested in this case and several others are under scanner along with state police and customs officials.

BJP leadership took blows at TMC after Thursday’s raids.

“This is the true image of the team members under the” capable “leadership of the grandson. What a great team he made to take @AITCofficial to a “different” level. #TolabaazBhaipoHatao! Suvendu Adhikari, the former transport minister who joined the BJP on December 19, wrote on Twitter.

In the tweet, Adhikari referred to Abhishek Banerjee as a bhaipo (nephew in Bengali) and called him tolabaaz (extortionist).

Since leaving TMC, Adhikari and the president of TMC Youth have addressed each other in public.

BJP President Dilip Ghosh also shot dead Abhishek Banerjee and the chief minister at a rally in Dankuni, Hooghly district. “All the stolen money went to Kalighat (where the chief minister lives),” Ghosh claimed.

TMC denied the allegations.

“Mishra is not an important leader of TMC. The raids will make no difference to the party, “said TMC member Lok Sabha and party spokesman Saugata Roy.

Increasing pressure on the ruling party, CPIM leaders) and congressional legislative parties in the state assembly have called on the government to convene a special session and prove its majority. “People are confused. They do not know how many deputies have TMC “, said the CPI (M) parliamentarian, Sujan Chakraborty.

“I don’t know why Congress and the CPI (M) are making this strange request or how long their alliance will last,” Deputy Foreign Minister Tapas Roy whispered.

Suvendu Adhikari’s father and older brother represent two Lok Sabha constituencies in East Midnapore. His younger brother, Soumendu, who led the civic corps in Contai, their hometown, was fired by the government on Sunday, after declaring at a BJP rally that his family would soon join the saffron party.

Soumendu Adhikari moved the court in Calcutta against the order on Thursday afternoon. The case will be heard on January 4. There was chaos in the civic corps when Siddhartha Maity, the newly appointed head of the civic corps, entered the service.