Three separate developments followed in quick succession when the CBI team left the Chatterjee office around 2 p.m. One, the speaker of the assembly, Biman Banerjee, issued a subpoena to two senior officers from ED and CBI, asking them to appear before him on September 22 to explain why they had filed Narada’s charge sheets against three MLA (ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim and Madan Mitra) without informing him.
Two, the Center asked the NIA to investigate the crude bomb blasts at the home of BJP deputy Arjun Singh on September 8. And, three, the ED summoned state law minister Moloy Ghatak in the illegal coal mining scam. Monday’s events came after the DE questioned TMC’s national secretary general, Abhishek Banerjee, for nine hours last Monday and sent him a new summons to appear for questioning next week. Three constituencies of the assembly, including Bhowanipore (where CM Mamata Banerjee is a candidate), will stand for by-elections on September 30.
Three CBI officers arrived at the Chatterjee office Shilpa sadansixth floor around noon on Monday after he Chatterjee He told the agency that he was available for questioning. At his office, CBI officers, who arrived at the Industry Minister’s office around noon, wanted to know the reason behind his presence at a 2011 show, where he reportedly “backed” the iCore group. “I was in charge of industries and IT departments in the first three months of 2011. There were a lot of companies that wanted to install units here. They used to come to the apartment. How can I know if iCore is a Ponzi company or not? That’s the job of Sebi and RBI, ”Chatterjee later explained.
The subpoena from the Spokesperson, which reached the ED and CBI offices in the afternoon, noted that Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (1988) mandated that the Spokesman’s permission should be sought to bring charges against legislators in functions. He asked CBI MP SP Satyendra Singh and ED Deputy Director Rathin Biswas to explain their action, which the letter said had “denigrated” the state legislature.
A letter from the Union Ministry of the Interior requesting the NIA to investigate the bombing of BJP MP Singh’s Bhatpara home reached the state government. State police have already arrested two people, including a minor, based on CCTV footage and presented attempted murder and explosives cases. Singh and leader of the opposition Suvendu Adhikari They called the blast an attempt on Singh’s life and demanded an investigation by the central agency.
The ED’s subpoena to the state minister of laws completed the day’s events; He called him for questioning at his Delhi office on September 14. Ghatak, however, said: “Even a child now understands that this is entirely politically motivated.”
(With input from Sanjib Chakraborty and Debasish Konar)