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ED Summons Abhishek Banerjee Again After He Misses Probe For TMC Protest Rally; Wife Rujira, Parents Too Called

Nishtha Anushree

Oct 04, 2023, 02:06 PM | Updated 02:05 PM IST

Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee.
Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee.

Abhishek Banerjee, the General Secretary of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), has received a summons from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for 9 October in the teachers' recruitment scam.

Initially, he was summoned on 3 October, but Banerjee did not attend the ED office on that date due to the party's MGNREGA protests in Delhi occurring simultaneously.

The probe agency has also summoned the TMC leader's wife Rujira Banerjee on 11 October. Both have been asked to come to office located in the CGO complex, an ED official told Amar Ujala.

Earlier, the ED had summoned the parents of Abhishek Banerjee, Amit and Lata Banerjee, to appear before its officials this week in connection with the same case.

Mamata Banerjee's nephew is being investigated by the ED under section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The summons followed ED's raids on the office of 'Leaps and Bounds Pvt Ltd,' accused by the federal agency of engaging in dubious transactions amounting to crores of rupees.

The ED asserted that Banerjee serves as the chief executive officer of the said company. Banerjee previously appeared before the ED in September for a nine-hour-long interrogation.

Abhishek Banerjee led Trinamool Congress (TMC) protests in Delhi on Tuesday against the Centre, claiming that the government was withholding Rs 15,000 crore owed to the state under schemes like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and PM Awas Yojana.

The protests resulted in the detention of several TMC leaders, including Abhishek Banerjee and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien, by the Delhi Police.

Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.

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