INDIA. West Bengal: Eastern Coalfield Limited (ECL), retired General Manager from Pandabeswar area, S K Mukhopadhyay was taken into custody and will be presented before the CBI court in Asansol on July 16. According to reports, Mukhopadhyay was involved in a multi-crore coal pilferage scam. He was arrested after six hours of contestant interrogation at the CBI’s Kolkata office in Nizam Palace.
The officer of CBI revealed Mukhopadhyay was trying to hide the actual information and started misleading them. But the investigation team has proof of his active involvement in the scam. The retired officer Mukhopadhyay was posted at Kunustoria Colliery before taking charge of the Pandabeswar area. The entire scam is interlocked and has many big heads involved.
The entire allegations are made upon the public servants of ECL including security personnel, private persons and unknown officials of CISF, Railway, other departments. This week, CBI arrested seven retired and present employees of the ECL; in connection to the scam. Amongst them, three were retired general managers.
According to the CBI, there are many other active officers involved in the swindle who have direct links with coal mafias. CBI stated: “We have a list of such people and have ascertained their roles in the scam. They were getting crores of rupees from mafias, and in exchange were mining 50 times more coal before smuggling them, we are also checking the assets accumulated by these officials. There are many more ECL officials involved in the scam.”
Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and TMC’s MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira Narula Banerjee are found in connection with the scam. The illegal mining of coal was done at leasehold mines of ECL, which operates in West Bengal and Jharkhand, in Kunustoria and Kajora areas near Asansol.