After Partha Chatterjee, CBI raids house of another minister of Mamta Banerjee govt
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the premises of West Bengal Law Minister Malay Ghatak in connection with the alleged smuggling of coal from the mines of ‘Eastern Coalfields Limited’ in Asansol. Giving this information on Wednesday, the officials said that the raids are being conducted at a total of six places. In November 2020, the CBI had registered an FIR against Anup Manjhi alias Lala, ECL general manager Amit Kumar Dhar,Jayesh Chandra Rai, ECL security chief Tanmay Das, Kunustoria area security inspector Dhananjay Rai and Kajor area security in-charge Debashish Mukherjee.
Meanwhile, according to information received from Kolkata, CBI officials raided three houses of Ghatak in Asansol in West Vardhman district and one house located in Lake Garden area of Kolkata. A CBI official told a news agency, “His (Ghatak’s) name cropped up in the coal smuggling case, we need to know what was his role in that? We have enough evidence of Ghatak’s involvement in the scam.” Ghatak was not in any house when the raids took place. According to sources, the CBI officials took the mobile phones of the minister’s family members and made them sit together in a room in their house in Asansol. During the raid, the Central forces personnel surrounded their houses from all sides.
This action of the CBI came at a time when the Enforcement Directorate had arrested Partha Chatterjee, a cabinet minister in the Mamta government, in the teacher scam case sometime back. About Rs 50 crore in cash was recovered from Arpita Mukherjee, a close aide of Partha Chatterjee. After the controversy escalated, Mamta Banerjee removed Partha from the cabinet.