Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday summoned the wife of TMC leader and MP Abhishek Banerjee in a coal summugling case. Reacting to the central agency’s action ahead of the West Bengal polls, Banerjee took to Twitter and wrote, “At 2pm today, the CBI served a notice in the name of my wife. We have full faith in the law of the land. However, if they think they can use these ploys to intimidate us, they are mistaken. We are not the ones who would ever be cowed down.”Also Read - Mamata Banerjee To Visit UP Next Month, Scheduled To Hold Virtual Press Meet with Akhilesh Yadav

A CBI team on Sunday reached Trinamool leader Abhishek Banerjee’s house in Kolkata in connection with an ongoing investigation into an alleged coal smuggling case. Abhishek’s wife Rujira Narula has been asked to join the probe. Also Read - West Bengal Extends COVID Restrictions Till Jan 31, Allows 200 Guests At Weddings | Check SOPs Here

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In the coal theft case, CBI on Friday conducted searches at 13 locations in four districts — Purulia, Bankura, Paschim Bardhaman and Kolkata. This is the first time that the CBI has landed at Abhishek Banerjee’s residence in the coal smuggling case in which the probe agency conducted multiple raids at several locations across Bengal.

The CBI, in December, had raided the residences of Vinay Mishra, a TMC leader, businessmen Amit Singh and Niraj Singh. It has been alleged that illegally mined coal, worth several thousand crores of rupees, have been sold in the black market over several years by a racket operating in the western parts of West Bengal where the Eastern Coalfields Limited operates several mines.