On March 26 final 12 months, customs authorities had issued summons to the TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee’s spouse Rujira. Now, the Calcutta High Court has put aside these summons.
Abhishek Banerjee’s spouse had been blocked by customs authorities on the Kolkata airport final 12 months. (File picture)
In a serious reduction for TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday put aside summons issued to his spouse Rujira Banerjee (Naroola) by the Customs Department in March final 12 months.
Terming the summons ‘unlawful’, the court docket stated, “The customs authority had filed a grievance on 22.03.2019 and after the grievance was filed, police acted upon the identical by taking magisterial approval underneath Section 155 of Criminal Procedure Code. Thus the customs authority has misplaced its jurisdiction to investigate any additional in respect of the alleged offence.”
On March 26 final 12 months, customs authorities had issued summons to the TMC MP’s spouse underneath Section 133 of the Customs Act, 1962. Her lawyer Sanjay Basu, alleged that when his consumer returned to Kolkata from Bangkok, customs officers blocked her and sought a bribe to let her go.
“Mrs Banerjee, who at the moment was pregnant, had landed on the Kolkata airport along with her sister Ms Menka Gambhir whereas getting back from Bangkok. While she was ready for her baggage a customized official looked for a bribe and thereafter threatened them of implication in a false case on their refusal to pay such bribe,” Basu claimed in an announcement.