The ED, which is probing the alleged coal scam in West Bengal, has summoned Law Minister Moloy Ghatak. The ED has asked the senior TMC MLA to appear on Tuesday. Earlier, the ED had questioned Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee in this case. The ED has sent fresh summons on September 21 for re-interrogation of Abhishek.
The TMC MP had appeared before the ED in New Delhi on 6 September for questioning in the coal scam. During this he was interrogated for 9 hours. Then Abhishek Banerjee, while attacking the BJP, had said that Bengal would never be able to come to power by using investigative agencies. After this, the ED had summoned Abhishek again by sending a summon on September 8. However, the TMC leader expressed his inability to travel from Kolkata in such a short time.
Both CBI and ED agencies are investigating the coal smuggling case in West Bengal. Eastern Coalfields Limited operates several mines in the western parts of Bengal. It is alleged that during a racket illegally mined coal for many years was sold in the black market.