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Cattle and coal smuggling cases: ED searches Trinamul leader’s houses

Two CBI teams carried out the operation at Vinay Mishra’s residences to find out whether he had transferred money from several banks to the alleged beneficiaries
The CBI headquarters in New Delhi.

Kinsuk Basu   |   Calcutta   |   Published 13.02.21, 01:11 AM

The Enforcement Directorate on Friday sear­ch­ed at least two Calcutta addresses of Trinamul Congress youth wing leader Vinay Mi­shra in cattle and coal smuggling cases in Bengal.

Accompanied by CRPF personnel, two separate teams of the central investigating agency from Delhi carried out searches at Mishra’s residences in south Calcutta to find out whether he had transferred money from several banks to the alleged beneficiaries of the smuggling racket.

“Unlike the CBI, our focus in this particular case is on whether Mishra was involved in money laundering,” said a senior ED official.

The CBI, which is probing the alleged smuggling of cattle and coal across Bengal, had conducted searches at Mis­hra’s three residences in Calcutta on December 31. The businessman-turned-politician had not been found at any of the three addresses. 

On January 27, the CBI special court in Asansol issued an arrest warrant against Mishra, who the central agencies believe, is possibly in the Gulf. The CBI has issued a lookout notice against Mishra.

Senior ED officers said Friday’s searches were aimed at trying to trace alleged beneficiaries of the racket. The CBI had earlier claimed that Mis­hra had maintained a list which included several politicians who had received money from the dealings.

Till late on Friday evening, officials remained tight-lipped about the findings from the search operations.

The BJP has called Mishra a “power broker” and its Bengal minder Kailash Vijayvarg­i­ya sought to link the CBI se­arches in December to chief mi­nister Mamata Banerjee and her nephew and MP Abh­ishek. Trinamul said the searches were politically motivated ahead of the Assembly polls. 

NIA and Naihati blast

The National Investigation Ag­ency has recommended punitive action against North 24-Parganas district magistrate Chaitali Chakrabarti, Barrackpore police commissioner Manoj Verma and Pranab Naskar of the district industries centre for their alleged dereliction of duty in the wake of the blast at Naihati in January last year.

Five people, including two women, were killed and several others were injured. The NIA submitted its chargesheet in the case on Thursday. A letter recommending punitive ac­­t­ion against the three re­ached Nabanna on Friday, sources said. The state government is yet to decide whether to act on the recommendation. Several senior officials said the recommendation was not binding on them.

 

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