CBI raids premises of Bengal Minister Moloy Ghatak – The New Indian Express


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NEW DELHI: The CBI is conducting raids on the premises of West Bengal Justice Minister Moloy Ghatak as part of its investigation into the alleged theft of coal from the mines of Eastern Coalfields Ltd in Asansol, officials said on Wednesday.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) detectives, aided by a huge contingent of central paramilitary personnel, raided three Ghatak houses in Asansol in Paschim Bardhaman district and two in Kolkata, they said.

The agency is also conducting searches at one of the residences of Ghatak’s close associates in the Alipore area of ​​Kolkata and another at Diamond Harbor in the South 24 Parganas district.

While the CBI team questioned the minister, who was present at his official quarters adjacent to Raj Bhavan in the Dalhousie area, another team continued the search at his home in Lake Gardens.

“As his name surfaced in the coal smuggling scam, we need to find out what his role was in it. We have evidence of Ghatak’s involvement in the scam,” a CBI officer said. at PTI.

“The Minister of State is present at his official accommodation. We are questioning him and trying to obtain answers to certain specific questions,” he added.

According to the official, during the raid on Minister Asansol’s home, his family members’ mobile phones were confiscated and they were made to sit together in a room.

Looking for documents related to the scam, if CBI detectives fail to find the keys to the almirahs, they break into them, he added.

Meanwhile, areas around Ghatak residences are surrounded by central forces as raids continue, the official said.

Ghatak, the MP for Asansol Uttar, had once appeared before the Directorate of Law Enforcement at his office in Delhi for questioning in connection with the coal theft case.

He, however, ignored several other ED summonses in relation to the multi-crore coal theft scam linked to the Eastern Coalfields Ltd mines in the Kunustoria and Kajora areas of the state.

The CBI had filed an FIR in November 2020 against alleged theft racketeer Anup Manjhi alias Lala, ECL Managing Directors Amit Kumar Dhar and ECL Security Chief Jayesh Chandra Rai Tanmay Das, Kunustoria Area Security Inspector Dhananjay Rai and Kajor Area Security. manager Debashish Mukherjee.

Meanwhile, the ruling Trinamool Congress plans to propose a resolution at the upcoming session of the West Bengal Assembly on the alleged ‘misuse’ of central investigative agencies for ‘political vendetta’.

The extended monsoon session of the assembly will begin on September 14 and is expected to continue until September 22.

“There were discussions about bringing a resolution to the session, but nothing has been finalized yet. This will be decided in the coming days, and the proposal will be submitted to the Business Advisory Committee at its meeting next week,” said the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs. Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay told PTI.

According to sources within the TMC legislative party, a resolution is being prepared against the “misuse” of central agencies as a “political tool” of vendetta.

“Not only in West Bengal, but BJP is also abusing CBI and ED in all opposition run states. Agencies have turned a blind eye to corruption charges against BJP leaders,” said a member of the TMC.

In a jolt at the TMC, top executives Partha Chatterjee and Anubrata Mondal were arrested by the ED and CBI.

Chatterjee, the former education minister, was arrested by the ED in July in the school jobs scam, while Mondal, who was the Birbhum district chairman of the TMC, was arrested by the CBI in the cattle smuggling case last month.

The BJP said it would oppose such resolutions in the House.

“If someone has done no wrong, why are they afraid to confront the central agency? The law will take its own course. The BJP does not influence any investigation. We will oppose such a resolution on the floor of the House,” the party said. said Chief Whip Manoj Tigga.

NEW DELHI: The CBI is conducting raids on the premises of West Bengal Justice Minister Moloy Ghatak as part of its investigation into the alleged theft of coal from Eastern Coalfields Ltd mines in Asansol, officials said on Wednesday. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) detectives, aided by a huge contingent of central paramilitary personnel, raided three Ghatak houses in Asansol in Paschim Bardhaman district and two in Kolkata, they said. The agency is also conducting searches at one of the residences of Ghatak’s close associates in the Alipore area of ​​Kolkata and another at Diamond Harbor in the South 24 Parganas district. While the CBI team questioned the minister, who was present at his official quarters adjacent to Raj Bhavan in the Dalhousie area, another team continued the search at his home in Lake Gardens. “As his name surfaced in the coal smuggling scam, we need to find out what his role was in it. We have evidence of Ghatak’s involvement in the scam,” a CBI officer said. at PTI. “The Minister of State is present at his official accommodation. We are questioning him and trying to obtain answers to certain specific questions,” he added. According to the official, during the raid on Minister Asansol’s home, his family members’ mobile phones were confiscated and they were made to sit together in a room. Looking for documents related to the scam, if CBI detectives fail to find the keys to the almirahs, they break into them, he added. Meanwhile, areas around Ghatak residences are surrounded by central forces as raids continue, the official said. Ghatak, the MP for Asansol Uttar, had once appeared before the Directorate of Law Enforcement at his office in Delhi for questioning in connection with the coal theft case. He, however, ignored several other ED summonses in relation to the multi-crore coal theft scam linked to the Eastern Coalfields Ltd mines in the Kunustoria and Kajora areas of the state. The CBI had filed an FIR in November 2020 against alleged theft racketeer Anup Manjhi alias Lala, ECL Managing Directors Amit Kumar Dhar and ECL Security Chief Jayesh Chandra Rai Tanmay Das, Kunustoria Area Security Inspector Dhananjay Rai and Kajor Area Security. manager Debashish Mukherjee. Meanwhile, the ruling Trinamool Congress plans to propose a resolution at the upcoming session of the West Bengal Assembly on the alleged “misuse” of central investigative agencies for “political vendetta”. The extended monsoon session of the assembly will begin on September 14 and is expected to continue until September 22. and the proposal will be submitted to the Business Advisory Committee when it meets next week,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay told PTI. According to sources within the TMC legislative party, a resolution is being prepared against the “misuse” of central agencies as a “political tool” of vendetta. “Not only in West Bengal, but BJP is also abusing CBI and ED in all opposition run states. Agencies have turned a blind eye to corruption charges against BJP leaders,” said a member of the TMC. In a jolt at the TMC, top executives Partha Chatterjee and Anubrata Mondal were arrested by the ED and CBI. Chatterjee, the former education minister, was arrested by the ED in July in the school jobs scam, while Mondal, who was the Birbhum district chairman of the TMC, was arrested by the CBI in the cattle smuggling case last month. The BJP said it would oppose such resolutions in the House. “If someone has done no wrong, why are they afraid to confront the central agency? The law will take its own course. The BJP does not influence any investigation. We will oppose such a resolution on the floor of the House,” the party said. said Chief Whip Manoj Tigga.

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