ED alleges WB police bid to derail probe into Abhishek case

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NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) moved the Delhi high court on Tuesday, challenging a pair of notices issued to it by Bengal police on the basis of an FIR lodged by Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee, who is under the agency's scanner for alleged money laundering linked to the illegal coal mining case.
"The notices will not stand scrutiny even for a minute," additional solicitor general S V Raju said, terming these "patently illegal, malafide and a counter blast" to the ED investigation into Abhishek's alleged involvement in the case.
The agency petitioned Justice Yogesh Khanna to quash the two notices and any subsequent notice that Bengal police might issue in connection with the FIR. Additional solicitor general Raju, appearing for ED, argued the notices were tantamount to "harassment" with a view to derail the probe into the illegal coal mining case.
Justice Khanna deferred the hearing to September 21, saying the senior counsel representing Bengal would "take care" of the notices issued to the ED officers.
Abhishek, a nephew of Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, had filed a police complaint against a news channel on April 5. Two notices were subsequently issued by a sub-inspector of Kalighat police station to ED officers investigating charges against the Diamond Harbour MP under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.


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