The Enforcement Directorate has made shocking claims about Rujira Banerjee, wife of Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee, who has been accused in money laundering. On Tuesday, it was claimed in the Delhi High Court on behalf of the Enforcement Directorate that Rujika was present in a beauty parlor in Delhi on the date of summons. Rujika Banerjee had earlier said that she was present in Patna to avoid appearing in the summons received from the ED. But the investigating agency says that on the day she was to join the investigation, she was not present in Patna but in a beauty parlor in Delhi. The directorate also claims that it has evidence related to it.
However, the agency’s claim was rejected by Banerjee’s lawyers. Lawyers for Ruhila Banerjee say that she did go to the beauty parlor in Delhi but not on the day she was to appear. Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee and wife had filed a petition in the court in a money laundering case related to the alleged coal scam in West Bengal. In which it was demanded that the summons of the ED be canceled.
During the hearing of this petition in the court, Additional Solicitor General SV Raju appeared on behalf of the ED. He said in the court that, ‘We have evidence to show that on that date Abhishek Banerjee’s wife was present in a parlor in Delhi. The date on which he refused to appear before the ED. However, without mentioning the date, he said that the woman claimed that she was in Patna, but she was in Delhi.
The ASG further said, ‘If she can come to Delhi for a beauty parlor, then she can also look forward to the investigation. But unfortunately our officers do not have the service that is available in a beauty parlor. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who was present in the court on behalf of the Banerjee couple, questioned the ED’s claim. He said such an argument cannot be expected from the ED. The woman was present in Delhi but not on the day she was to appear before the ED.
Let us tell you that on September 10, Abhishek Banerjee and his wife had opposed the summons received by the ED in which they were asked by the ED to appear in its office in Delhi on September 21 for questioning. The couple had demanded from the court that it should also direct the ED not to summon them to appear in Delhi.
33-year-old Abhishek Banerjee is a Lok Sabha MP from Diamond Harbor seat and is also the National General Secretary of TMC. Transactions worth over Rs 1,300 crore have been unearthed by central investigative agencies probing the West Bengal coal smuggling scam. The investigation agency believes that all these transactions took place within a few months through smuggling of coal.
The Delhi High Court, however, refused to stay the summons issued by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to Trinamool Congress (TMC) general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira in the case. The court has fixed September 27 as the next date of hearing and asked the ED to respond to the plea of TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee and his wife within three days.