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The CBI has announced a reward of Rs one lakh for anyone providing actionable information leading to the arrest of Vinay Mishra, an alleged confidante of TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, who is wanted in a cattle smuggling case. Officials gave this information on Wednesday.
Reward placed for coal theft
The central agency had issued a similar reward against Mishra a few months ago in connection with the theft of coal from the mines of Eastern Coalfields Limited in West Bengal’s Asansol, officials said.
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They said the CBI has moved Interpol seeking a red notice against Mishra and efforts are being made to bring him back from Vanuatu, a Pacific island country where he allegedly took citizenship in 2020.
Mishra is considered close to Abhishek Banerjee: Officials
The CBI had named Mishra as a co-accused in the supplementary chargesheet filed last year in the animal smuggling case. Officials said Mishra is believed to be close to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee.
The central agency has alleged that Mishra acted as a middleman link to receive illegal bribes on behalf of public servants and provided protection and security to smugglers who used his connections in exchange for money through SAIL companies.
Chargesheet against others involved in animal smuggling racket
In its chargesheet filed in the Special CBI Court in Asansol, the agency has described Mishra as “already absconding”. The CBI has also filed a chargesheet against the then BSF Commandant Satish Kumar and six others for their alleged involvement in an animal smuggling racket running along the Indo-Bangladesh border.
Besides Mishra and Kumar, the agency has also filed a chargesheet against mastermind Inamul Haque, Anarul Sheikh, Golam Mustafa Tania Sanyal, Badal Krishna Sanyal and Rashida Bibi for allegedly being part of a criminal conspiracy to smuggle cattle into Bangladesh, officials said. has been filed.
Inamul Haque mastermind of illegal trade: CBI
In the charge sheet before the special court, the CBI has alleged that Haque was the organizer of this trafficking and was assisted by two other accused in connivance with Kumar who were posted in Murshidabad and Malda.
CBI spokesperson RC Joshi had said that during the investigation, evidence related to the alleged illegal cross-border sale of animals, related movement, details and use of illegal money has been found.
In 2020, the case was taken up by the CBI
It is also alleged that three other accused facilitated in fictitious business activities to regularize the wrongly earned money, he said. On September 21, 2020, the CBI took over the case against the four accused on charges of illegal cross-border trade in animals.