Coal scam: Delhi HC refuses to give interim relief to Abhishek Banerjee & wife Rujira

The matter will be heard on September 27.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday refused to grant interim relief to Trinamool Congress general secretary and MP Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira in a money laundering case linked to alleged coal scam in Bengal. The High Court has asked the investigating agency, Enforcement Directorate (ED), to respond to the plea in three days. The matter will be heard next on September 27.

Abhishek Banerjee and his wife sought the quashing of summons issued by the ED. They have been asked by the Central investigating agency to appear before it in Delhi along with documents on September 21. They have said that they are residents of Kolkata and should not be compelled to join the probe in Delhi. They have alleged about apprehensions on the fairness of the investigation.

“The respondent agency is… selectively leaking information to the media with the intent of harming the reputation of the petitioners and encouraging a media trial,” as per the plea. The ED opposed the plea saying money laundering has impact beyond state borders and its investigation is not restricted to any police station or area.

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