- Moloy Ghatak, the law minister of West Bengal, was summoned by the ED in connection to the coal smuggling case
- The ED asked Ghatak to appear before them on September 14
- Abhishek Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress national general secretary, has also summoned by the ED on September 21
Moloy Ghatak, the law minister of West Bengal, was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection to the coal smuggling case. The ED asked the senior Trinamool Congress legislator to appear before them on September 14.
Abhishek Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress national general secretary, has also summoned by the ED for interrogation in the alleged coal smuggling case on September 21.
On September 6, the Lok Sabha MP was interrogated for 9 hours in Delhi. Earlier, Ghatak stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) might not be able to come to power in Bengal because the probe agencies can be used against the ruling party leaders.
The ED summoned Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of Bengal’s CM Mamata Banerjee, for the second time on September 8, but Abhishek stated that he will not be able to appear before the ED because he was unable to travel from Kolkata in such a short span.
A parallel investigation was launched by the ED after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) commenced an investigation into the alleged coal smuggling case last year.
The case alleges that after mining coal through illegal methods, it was sold in the black market for several years by a racket that was operating in the western parts of Bengal, the place where several mines are run by the Eastern Coalfields Limited.