Rujira Banerjee, wife of Trinamul leader Abhishek Banerjee, was allegedly stopped by immigration authorities here from boarding a flight to Dubai citing a "lookout" notice by a central investigating agency, her lawyer said.
According to sources, Rujira reached Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport with her two children around 7 am to board a flight to Dubai, UAE, reports PTI.
"She was stopped at the immigration, citing a lookout notice issued by the ED in a case. There is a court order, which has clearly said that there is no bar on her travelling abroad," one of her lawyers told PTI.
Asked to respond to the Rujira’s stoppage at the Calcutta airport and the subsequent ED summons, Trinamul Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee called them “inhuman” moves.
“Rujira had travel permission from the Supreme Court provided she shared her travel plans with the ED. Accordingly she informed the agency beforehand about her travel. The ED could have asked her not to leave at that time itself. Instead, they stopped her at the airport and slapped an appearance notice before the agency. This was an inhuman thing to do. At a time when bodies from the train accident are coming home in a procession, the agencies are acting like monsters instead of showing compassion,” Banerjee said at a programme in Howrah to offer respects to bodies arriving from Balasore.
The lawyer also said that she had informed the ED, providing her travel plan details and a copy of her tickets a few days back.
"Then, there was no response, but now she was stopped. She has now returned home. We are mulling legal options," he said.
Repeated attempts to get a version from the airport and ED authorities did not yield a response.
Last year, the ED questioned Rujira Banerjee in connection with the investigation into the Coal pilferage scam.
The CBI also questioned her in 2021 in connection with the investigation in the same case.
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