The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that the grounds of exemption from appearance of Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife were false. The reason was that the agency has strong evidence that on the day she was to appear for the investigation, she was not in Patna but in a beauty parlor in Delhi.
However, the agency’s claim was rejected by the counsel for Abhishek’s wife Rujira Banerjee. He said that Rujira had gone to a beauty parlor in Delhi but not on the day she was to appear before the ED summons.
The claim was made before Justice Yogesh Khanna, who was hearing a petition by Abhishek Banerjee and his wife. The petition has sought quashing of summons issued by the ED in the money laundering case related to coal scam in West Bengal.
Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, appearing for ED, said, “We have evidence to show that the date on which Abhishek Banerjee’s wife replied to us that she could not come to Delhi and appear before us, was on that day.” She was in a beauty parlor in Delhi. We have proofs. Without giving the date, he said that Rujira claimed that she was in Patna, but in reality she was in Delhi.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Banerjee couple, raised the objection saying such an argument was not expected from the agency. Also said that Rujira was in Delhi on some other day and not the day when ED officials called her for questioning.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek and his wife have challenged the September 10 summons and also sought a direction to the ED not to summon them to appear in Delhi. Thus they should not be compelled to immediately join the investigation in the matter. Abhishek represents the Diamond Harbor seat in the Lok Sabha and is the National General Secretary of the Trinamool Congress (TMC).