Central probe company Enforcement Directorate (ED) has alleged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee’s household benefited from illicit funds obtained from sure unlawful coal mining within the state below a “deep system” of political patronage pushed by a “well-oiled” equipment.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) made these claims Wednesday in a remand observe offered earlier than a particular court docket, searching for enhanced custody of West Bengal police officer Ashok Kumar Mishra, additionally the inspector in-charge of Bankura police station.
The police officer, other than Trinamool youth wing chief Vinay Mishra’s brother Vikas Mishra, was arrested by Enforcement Directorate in a case that has native dealer Anup Majhi alias Lala because the prime suspect.
The inspector was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on April 3 and the court docket had despatched him to custody until Wednesday. The court docket prolonged his remand until April 12.
The Enforcement Directorate case below the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) was filed after learning a November, 2020 report of the CBI alleging a multi-crore coal pilferage rip-off associated to the Eastern Coalfields Ltd mines within the state’s Kunustoria and Kajora areas in and round Asansol.
The Enforcement Directorate, within the remand observe, alleged that sure unlawful mining situations had been flourishing within the state below the “patronage” of the political get together in energy. The company related the policeman to Majhi, Vinay and Vikas Mishra, going up all the best way to the Abhishek Banerjee’s household.
The Diamond Harbour MP has denied these allegations. “All coal assets fall directly under Centre and are guarded by the Central agencies. If BJP thinks TMC leaders got money from those illegally operating the coal assets, then what’s stopping Centre from investigating all culprits who failed to manage these national assets?” he had tweeted earlier this week.
He added, “Also it is ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS that according to BJP, Coal Ministry and Home Ministry officials were more keenly following TMC leaders” orders than listening to their own bosses” (Read Modi-Shah’s) commands! Whom are you fooling.”
The Enforcement Directorate mentioned paperwork seized from Majhi and Niraj Singh confirmed the previous had “maintained detailed coded records in the form of payments made to various entities from the proceeds of crime generated from illegal coal mining”.
“…it is further revealed that in a span of less than 2 years, an amount to the tune of Rs 1,352 crore has been illegally generated by Majhi through illegal coal mining,” the company claimed.
“Investigation also revealed a deep system of political patronage and well-oiled network by which the system was subverted to carry out these illegal activities in a brazen manner.”
Quoting the recorded assertion of an unidentified “close associate” of Majhi, the Enforcement Directorate mentioned the alleged kingpin of this coal pilferage rip-off did his “illegal coal mining business smoothly by managing senior functionaries of the political party of West Bengal though Inspector Mishra.”
The assertion of the unidentified “witness” added, “it is known fact that Vinay Mishra collected money from illegal coal mining of Majhi and his associates for his closely associated political boss in present ruling party; that Vinay Mishra is youth leader of TMC and he is very close to Abhishek Banerjee and that he (Vinay Mishra) is the eyes and ears of Abhishek Banerjee.”
The Enforcement Directorate additionally annexed the recorded assertion of the Inspector the place he allegedly acknowledged that “Vinay Mishra was the secretary of TMC and was very close to Member of Parliament Abhishek Banerjee.”
The policeman instructed the Enforcement Directorate that he as soon as transferred about Rs 1-1.5 from the state to Delhi allegedly on the instructions of Vinay Mishra and this was accomplished below “political pressure and knowing his (Vinay Mishra) clout in the party, he (Inspector Mishra) has to obey him or his career will be finished.
“He (Inspector Mishra) facilitated in transferring funds by a non-banking channel from India to London for a detailed relative of Shri Abhishek Banerjee and the funds had been transferred by Niraj Singh (Majhi’s accountant).”
“The message relating to funds switch to Thailand from India was forwarded to him both by Vikas or Niraj Singh and that the topic transaction of Thailand was associated to Rujira Banerjee who’s the shut relative (spouse) of Abhishek Banerjee,” the Enforcement Directorate said quoting the statement recorded by it of Inspector Mishra.
According to the scheme under the criminal provisions of the PMLA, a statement made during investigation under the said law is admissible in the court.
The agency claimed that documents it seized show that “Majhi assisted in transferring substantial funds derived from the proceeds of crime to Shri Abhishek Banerjee”s shut relative (spouse and sister-in-law) at London and Thailand.”
The Enforcement Directorate alleged the police Inspector “turned the a part of evil axis of coal mafia, corrupt politicians and corrupt authorities servants…and proof is there about him receiving tainted funds of Rs 168 crore in simply 109 days from Majhi and for his political bosses together with Vinay Mishra and for himself.”
“He is a authorities official however labored carefully with the coal mafia and concerned in transferring the contaminated funds collected from unlawful coal mining enterprise to the abroad financial institution accounts of politically influential individuals and their shut members of the family of West Bengal,” the Enforcement Directorate alleged.
The case has picked up political hyperlinks after Abhishek Banerjee’s spouse Rujira was questioned by the CBI a while again. The state is within the midst of an eight-phase polling for its 294-seat meeting.
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