Kolkata: Rujira Banerjee, the wife of Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee, appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday for interrogation in connection with the coal pilferage case in West Bengal. She was questioned by a five-member team from New Delhi for about four hours at the ED’s office in Kolkata. The interrogation was video-graphed and Rujira was given a three-page questionnaire relating to transactions of huge sums of money involving her overseas bank account between 2014 and 2019. The ED, it is learnt, has gathered irrefutable evidence of money laundering and illegal coal mining scam involving Rujira and her husband.
Prior to this, on Monday, Rujira was detained at the airport immigration office. She was traveling to Dubai with her two children that day. However, she was prevented from boarding the flight. The ED issued a notice to Rujira from the airport itself. On Thursday, the investigators asked her to appear at the CGO Complex. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee raised the issue of detaining Rujira at the airport, alleging “inhumanity” by the central government. Despite the permission from the Supreme Court, she was detained. Abhishek also stated that all these actions were taken to hinder their public interaction.