Kolkata/New Delhi: Trinamool Congress MP and national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira Banerjee on Monday moved the Supreme Court challenging the jurisdiction of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering case linked to the alleged coal scam case, media reports said.
The couple moved the top court a day after they reached the national capital following the ED’s summons for interrogation.
Speaking on the case, Abhishek Banerjee cried foul accusing the country’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is opposed to West Bengal’s ruling party TMC, of vendetta politics.
The 33-year-old TMC politician said, “We will not cow down before the BJP who are doing this for vendetta because people in Bengal have rejected them. I had challenged the ED’s jurisdiction in August last year before the Delhi HC… The court heard the petition for four months and then kept its judgment reserved for another three months. “Then a day after the BJP won the state elections, the court suddenly dismissed my petition… That cannot be a coincidence. I have my option open to move the SC and I have faith in the judiciary.”
Earlier, Abhishek Banerjee was grilled by the ED in New Delhi last year after the conclusion of the crucial West Bengal assembly election, which was won convincingly by the TMC, a regional satrap led by Banerjee’s aunt and chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
India Blooms News Service