Kolkata: Adding a fresh dimension to ongoing probe on the coal smuggling scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has now issued notice to Maneka Gambhir, sister-in-law of Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha member and West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee's nephew, Abhishek Banerjee.
Earlier on Sunday, CBI had issued notice to Banerjee's wife and Maneka's sister, Rujira Bandopadhyay (Narula) in this connection. On Monday, Rujira replied to the CBI notice agreeing to meet the investigation officers and face the interrogation on Tuesday.
CBI sources said they want to question Rujira at the earliest. The sleuths have traced a money trail relating to her bank account that indicated a huge amount of money transfer. CBI officers also suspect that this money trail has links with the coal smuggling scam.
Although the CBI has issued notice to Rujira Banodpahaya, they have not summoned her to the central agency's office. Rather, they would question at her residence only. She would be interrogated as a witness.
Meanwhile, Abhishek Banerjee took to Twitter to express confidence and term the notice as a ploy. "At 2 pm today, the CBI served a notice in the name of my wife. We have full faith in the law of the land. However, if they think they can use these ploys to intimidate us, they are mistaken. We are not the ones who would ever be cowed down," he tweeted on Sunday.