Abhishek's wife gets Customs clearance
Kolkata: A report that was submitted to the Election Commission by the Customs regarding the detention of Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee's wife Rujira, mentions that nothing was seized from her possession at the airport.
The statement made by the Customs validates Abhishek Banerjee's claim that his wife did not carry gold when she was intercepted by Customs officials at the Kolkata airport on the intervening night of March 15-16.
The Election Commission had sought a report from the Customs in this regard after Banerjee's lawyer lodged a complaint with the commission.
Apart from the Customs, various other Central agencies were asked to submit a report
to the Commission in this regard.The other agencies have reportedly filed the reports as well. The media reports triggered a political slugfest in the city.
After the matter was published in a section of media, Banerjee held a press conference and rubbished the reports claiming that his wife Rujira Banerjee had been detained with no gold at Kolkata
Airport. He also called it a 'completely false story' and a 'politically motivated' one.
He also posed some questions— if the Customs officials seized any dutiable or objectionable item from her baggage, the answer to which was obviously in negative.
He also asked why didn't they mentioned about the gold in the FIR? They did not mention any gold seizure in their official complaint, Abhishek said. The Election Commission also sought a report from the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas, who is the District Election Officer, in this regard to ascertain if the Customs had seized any gold from the MP's wife. The report that the District Magistrate submitted to the Commission, did not either mention any seizure of gold.
EC officials wanted to know what exactly happened that night soon after Banerjee's wife landed in the airport. Some alleged that Bidhannagar police had allegedly intervened in Customs job after Banerjee's wife was detained.
Abhishek Banerjee during his media interaction categorically mentioned that there was no intervention by the Bidhannagar police. A lady police person only assisted her after apprehending some medical emergency.
Banerjee's wife lodged a complaint with the police against the Customs in the next morning.