Abhishek Banerjee's wife Rujira seeks exemption from appearing before ED

Abhishek Banerjee's wife Rujira seeks exemption from appearing before ED

New Delhi: Rujira Banerjee, wife of Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee, implicated in money laundering and coal mining case, has seeking exemption from appearing before the Enforcement Directorate, citing the reason of she is a mother of two infants.

ED has issued summons to Rujira Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee, asked to appear before the central probe agency on September 1 in Delhi. 

Her husband Abhishek Banerjee was asked to appear before the probe agency on September 6. Rujira cited the reason that she cannot travel to Delhi as she is the mother of two infants. 

Read: ED summons Abhishek Banerjee, his wife

"I am a mother of two infants, and travelling to New Delhi physically alone in the midst of the pandemic will put my and the lives of my children at grave risk. It would be convenient to me if you consider asking me to appear in Kolkata at my residence since your organization has its office in Kolkata, and I reside in Kolkata too," she said in a letter dated August 31.

"The alleged cause of action of the subject matter of your inquiry to arises out of West Bengal," she stated in the letter. 

The ED had initiated a money-laundering probe into alleged theft in the government coalfields, carried out in connivance with public servants in West Bengal.

The CBI had interrogated Rujira Banerjee on February 23 in connection with a coal mining case, days ahead of the assembly polls, in Kolkata. Her Sister and family have also been questioned in the case.