On Monday, February 22, Meneka Gambhir, the sister-in-law of Abhishek Banerjee - who is the nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as well as the Trinamool Congress parliamentarian – was demanded by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to join the investigation in the coal smuggling case. On Sunday, February 21, a team of the CBI sent notices to the wife of Abhishek Banerjee, Rujira Banerjee, and sister-in-law Meneka Gambhir to join the investigation in the coal case.
After the notice was sent, Abhishek uploaded a tweet on his Twitter handle saying that his family would not be ‘browbeaten’ by anybody. Abhishek Banerjee, in his tweet, said, “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.”
In addition to this, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee conveyed her anger and indignation over the notices by the CBI for the coal smuggling case. She allegedly accused the organization to be working as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s puppet. A few hours later, when she was addressing an event, she warned the CBI and the center and said, “Don't try to intimidate us with the jail. We have fought against guns and are not afraid of fighting against rats.”
The ruling party in West Bengal lambasted the Central Government by alleging that the party is using the CBI and other investigating agencies so as to benefit itself. Trinamool Congress also said that the notices that were served to the family members of Abhishek Banerjee, were just a part of BJP’s electoral agenda. Hence, the Banerjee-led government dismissed those allegations by the law-imposing agencies as a part of a political stunt and conspiracy by the party which is stuck in a not-so-easy electoral war.