The case was filed by the ED after investigating a November 2020 FIR from the CBI that alleged a multi-crore coal theft scam linked to the Eastern Coalfields mines in the Kunustoria and Kajora areas in and around of Asansol.
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Calcutta: Officials from the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) on Saturday conducted search operations at the office of a private tours and travel company in Calcutta as part of its investigation into an alleged charcoal theft scam of several million dollars, sources from the investigative agency said.
Upon information, ED officials went to the office on India Exchange Place in the heart of the city and carried out searches, sources said.
The case, registered under the criminal sections of the Money Laundering Prevention Act, was filed by the ED after investigating a November 2020 FIR from the CBI that alleged a charcoal theft scam of several million dollars related to the Eastern Coalfields mines in the Kunustoria and Kajora areas in and around Asansol.
ED is investigating the money laundering aspect of the scam.
The local coalman Anup Majhi alias Lala is said to be the main suspect in this case.
The ED has made at least two arrests in the money laundering case. One of them is Vikas Mishra, the brother of TMC youth wing leader Vinay Mishra. Vinay Mishra is said to have left the country for some time and has probably also renounced his Indian citizenship.
The second person arrested by the ED at the beginning of the year is the former inspector in charge of the Bankura police station, Ashok Kumar Mishra.
ED summoned Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and congressman from Trinamool, and his wife for questioning in the matter.