The Bharatiya Janata Party leader Suvendu Adhikari today alleged that the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and state government’s involvement in the coal scam has been proved where it was established that about Rs 900 crores from the coal scam went to a highly placed member of the Trinamool Congress.
During a Press conference at the saffron party’s election office, he alleged, “West Bengal CM’s and state govt’s involvement in the coal scam has been proved. The Central investigating agency has accessed tapes of conversations between an unknown individual and coal scam accused Anup Majhi’s righthand man Ganesh Bagaria, exposing the syndicate culture in Bengal government.”
He added that Bagaria is heard allegedly describing the mechanisms of the syndicate which ran the coal smuggling business since 2012. “Vinay (Mishra) was a key player from the beginning. This has been happening since 1.5 years after the TMC government came into power around 2012- 13” said Adhikari, who added that Vinay was made vice president of the youth TMC – a wing that is run by Mamata’s nephew.
A week ago, Anup Majhi alias Lala, the main accused in the coal smuggling scam in the state, was questioned by CBI officials.
Majhi, who had been absconding until now, is the alleged kingpin of illegal mining operations at the Eastern Coalfields Ltd mines in West Bengal’s Asansol. CBI had raided several of Majhi’s premises in Kolkata and in Asansol and Ranigunj.
The case is being jointly probed by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED), while the West Bengal Criminal Investigate on Department (CID) has also formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT).