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TMC wants Bengal Governor booked for ‘obstructing money laundering probe’

Dhankhar termed the allegation “untenable” lacking knowledge of “elementary constitutional and legal aspects”.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: November 27, 2020 3:27:37 am
‘Delinquency in uniform’: Bengal Governor slams police over ‘heckling’ of BJP MPDhankhar also appealed to the police and the state administration to set an example by conducting free-and-fair elections. (File)

In an unprecedented move, the TMC on Thursday asked Kolkata Police to book Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar for “obstructing investigation” into a money laundering case.

Dhankhar termed the allegation “untenable” lacking knowledge of “elementary constitutional and legal aspects”.

TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee said, “I have said it before and I will say it again that the governor has secret links with BJP criminals and other such elements. He is targeting the chief minister and preventing investigation. Those who obstruct a criminal investigation can be prosecuted under Sections 186 and 189 of the Indian Penal Code. So, I will request the Kolkata Police to file a case against him for the way he is tweeting to intimidate public servants. And under these two sections, no permission is required against anyone who is doing illegal work in a government position.”

A day after one Govinda Aggarwal was arrested by Kolkata Police in a 2018 case registered at Hare Stree police station here, Dhakhar on November 22 termed the arrest “politically inspired” and said that it was aimed at impeding investigation against cattle and coal smuggling. According to police, Aggarwal extorted money from businessmen by intimidating them about Income Tax Department raids. He is alleged to be the “frontman” for turning black money into white. An IRS officer, NK Singh, is among the accused.

“Alarmingly worrisome inputs from CA (chartered accountant)-fraternity-politically inspired operation overzealously afoot @KolkataPoolice. Headed #DD (detective department) targets CAs-strategy-fishinng for material to handicap team members that raided mafia #coal #cattle. Why forget “Be ye never so high, the law is above you,” Dhankhar tweeted.

In a press released on Thursday, Dhankhar said, “My attention has been drawn to a press release and conference by a ruling party leader. To the extent, Governor’s role or actions are a concerned, the reflections are wide off the mark, betraying ignorance of elementary constitutional and legal aspects and factually untenable. A classic case of ‘memory lapse of law and constitution’. This is unfolding of a strategy to take a diversionary route so that burning issues remain on the back burner. This shall not happen. It deserves no serious note except for being ill informed on law, fact and Constitution.”

Banerjee said, “Kolkata Police is doing a very good job… The governor is speaking on behalf of the accused and obstructing the investigation.”

Citing a Supreme Court order, Banerjee said the governor cannot work for any party as he is an employee of the Central government. “I will tell the governor to read what the Constitution says, read the law of the Supreme Court. He is acting unconstitutionally, he should be removed from the post of governor immediately…”

In the release, Governor attacked the state government over farmers’ issue. “I can see rattling at my espousing the well-deserved cause of farmers who have so far lost Rs 8,400 crores with each of over 70 lac farmers thus far not getting Rs 12,000. This is poor governance and bad economics…”

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