ED questions West Bengal Law Minister Moloy Ghatak in coal smuggling case

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ED questions West Bengal Law Minister Moloy Ghatak in coal smuggling case

West Bengal Law Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Moloy Ghatak was questioned in Delhi by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with an alleged coal smuggling case on Thursday, officials told India Today.

Moloy Ghatak had skipped multiple summonses by the ED in the last two months.

Sources said Moloy Ghatak had earlier communicated to the ED that if officials wanted, they could question him in Kolkata, or through video conferencing. However, investigators of the economic intelligence agency told him to appear in Delhi.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee had also been summoned by the agency to join the investigation in connection with the case in September.

After being questioned for the first time on September 6, Abhishek Banerjee approached the Delhi High Court, challenging the ED summons.

It has been alleged that coal worth several hundred crore rupees was mined illegally in West Bengal and sold in the black market. The agencies suspect that proceeds of crime generated were given to police officials and politicians.

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