West Bengal BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, a former ally of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was summoned by state police today in connection with the death of a security officer in 2018. The person had died from a gunshot wound.
Adhikari has been asked to appear before the state police on Monday. The agency is investigating whether the official died by suicide or if someone else was involved.
The development comes days after Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee, Ms Banerjee’s cousin, was subpoenaed on Monday, September 6, to appear before the Enforcement Directorate in an alleged money laundering case involving coal smuggling. The wife of Diamond Harbor MP Rujira Banerjee was also asked to appear before the New Delhi office on September 1.
Along with the Trinamool MP and his wife, two senior West Bengal police officers and the state justice minister, Moloy Ghatak, have also been summoned for questioning in connection with the case.
Suvendu Adhikari, the opposition state leader in West Bengal, served as Chief Minister Banerjee’s Transport Minister until November 2020, when he resigned from his post and joined the BJP. The 50-year-old has since become a bitter enemy of hers, going on to beat her from Nandigram constituency in the state assembly polls held a few months ago. However, the Trinamool chief has challenged the election results in court.
He is said to have been the main force behind the anti-land purchase movement in Nandigram in the late 2000s, which placed Mrs Banerjee at the center of West Bengal politics.
In 2014, Mr Adhikari was questioned by the CBI for his alleged role in the Saradha Group financial scandal. A video, recorded in secret, allegedly showed him taking wads of money, said to be bribery.