The Delhi HC has refused to grant any interim relief to Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira Banerjee in the PMLA case linked to alleged coal scam.
The Delhi HC has refused to grant any interim relief to Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira in the PMLA case linked to alleged coal scam. (File photo)
The Delhi high court on Tuesday refused to stay summons issued to Trinamool Congress (TMC) general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering case linked to an alleged coal scam in West Bengal.
The court has fixed September 27 as the next date of hearing and has asked ED to reply to plea filed by TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee and his wife within three days.
Abhishek Banerjee and Rujira Banerjee, who were asked by the agency to personally appear before it in Delhi on Tuesday along with a voluminous set of documents, have contended that they are residents of Kolkata and should not be compelled to join the probe in the national capital.
The ED opposed the plea saying money laundering has national and trans national ramifications and its investigation is not restricted to any police station or area.
According to the ED officials, firms linked to Rujira Banerjee had allegedly received illegal money. The investigators suspect the money could be a part of the proceeds of the crime. She had also allegedly received unaccounted for money in two of her foreign bank accounts – one in Thailand and another in London.
Rujira’s husband Abhishek Banerjee is the nephew of TMC supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
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