Kolkata: Moments after emerging from the Central Government office complex, where he was grilled by the Enforcement Directorate for more than six hours in the coal smuggling case, Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee spitted fire on Union Home Minister Amit Shah, calling him the real perpetrator of coal and cattle smuggling.
“If a cow is smuggled out of the country and the BSF cannot stop it and if coal is smuggled away from the mines and the CISF that guards it cannot prevent it then it is the controlling authorities of these two forces which are to be blamed … So both cow and coal scams are the scams of Home Minister Amit Shah whose Ministry controls these forces and no one else,” Banerjee who was reportedly asked “very uncomfortable questions” by the ED said. Banerjee was twice questioned by the CBI and ED earlier. His sister-in-law, too, has been summoned by the central agency.
Abhishek’s attack on Shah also came hours after the Supreme Court provided him a temporary relief extending the interim stay on his arrest for another couple of days. The Apex Court directed the ED not to take any strong step against the TMC leader.