Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 31
The CBI on Thursday carried out searches at two Kolkata premises belonging to Trinamool Congress youth wing leader Vinay Mishra in a cattle smuggling case and also issued a lookout notice for him, sources said.
CBI officials conducted raids at Mishra’s residences in Rashbihari, Chetla and Lake Town areas in Kolkata. Mishra is known to be an aide of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and Trinamool’s Lok Sabha MP from Diamond Harbour Abhishek Banerjee.
Sources said following issuance of the lookout circular against the TMC leader, all airports in the state had been alerted for the “untraceable” politician. It is the first time that a TMC leader has directly been named in this case.
On September 21, the CBI had filed a case of cattle smuggling against Mohammad Enamul Haque, former Border Security Force officer Satish Kumar, three private individuals and unknown public servants for their alleged involvement in the illegal cattle trade on the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal.
CBI officials said the agency had summoned the TMC leader to appear before it on January 4 at Nizam Palace in Kolkata in connection with the cattle smuggling case. Preliminary inquiry revealed the involvement of officers posted on the India-Bangladesh border in the illegal trade.
The agency has gone full steam on the cases related to West Bengal with Director RK Shukla asking the team probing Saradha and related Ponzi scam to complete filing of all FIRs before January, 2021. The state is going to polls in 2021.
The sources said the investigators were likely to quiz a few IPS officers in the state in connection with the case. —Agencies