Published By: Sanstuti Nath
Last Updated: September 13, 2023, 20:14 IST
Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee on Wednesday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate for questioning in connection with its probe into the alleged school jobs scam in West Bengal, officials said.
Banerjee, the party’s national general secretary, reached the ED office here around 11.30 AM, they said.
“Banerjee has been called to provide evidence in the school recruitment irregularities. Our officers are also likely to ask him a few questions in connection with the scam,” an ED official told PTI.
The Diamond Harbour MP skipped the coordination committee meeting of the opposition bloc INDIA, scheduled on Wednesday in Delhi, as he appeared before the ED sleuths.
“He has been cooperating. But there are certain areas which are not clear. Our officers are trying to get those answers from him. Questioning is still on,” the official told PTI.
Banerjee had on Tuesday filed a supplementary affidavit before the Calcutta High Court, claiming that a fresh summons issued to him by the ED, when his revisional application challenging earlier summons by the agency is pending, is “bad in law”.
Stating that the TMC MP has been summoned on Wednesday “to give evidence”, the affidavit said Banerjee has not only challenged the entire investigation qua (in the capacity of) him, but also the previous summons issued to him by the agency, in a revisional application filed by him before the high court.
Banerjee alleged in the supplementary affidavit that the ED has “initiated and embarked upon a fishing and roving inquiry to rope in the petitioner into the domain of the alleged teacher recruitment scam.”
(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)