Zee News has exclusively accessed some audio tapes that expose the level of corruption in West Bengal, where Assembly Elections are underway. The tapes reveal how Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee received cut money. In the first audio tape that Zee has got, Ganesh Bagaria, a close aide of coal smuggling accused Anoop Manjhi, has made some shocking revelations. In this conversation, Ganesh Bagaria has revealed how the corruption racket is being operated in the state.
The tapes were given to Zee News by sources related to investigative agencies. However, ZEE NEWS does not confirm the authenticity of these audio tapes.
V1: Do you have any other avenues than mines? Mines are the easiest, I know.
V2: One was this and the other was cattle. Cattle was awesome.
V2: Abhishek looks so modern. Why doesn’t the public go against him? The more Mamata tries to scale new heights in politics, Abhishek Banerjee drags her down.
V1: So this is like a fixed income, right? Approximately how much money reaches Abhishek Banerjee?
V2:Around Rs 40 crore. Till about 2-2.5 years, it was Rs 35 lakh per month. Rest would go to the middlemen.
V1: This means, around Rs 35 lakh would reach Abhishek?
V2: Yes. Ashok Mishra had all the accounts, he would give all the money for 2.5-3 years.Two and a half years… from 3 years.
V1: Ashok Mishra has been posted there for three years?
V2: Yes for three years now. Earlier, he was in Bishnupur, then for 2.5 years in Diamond Harbour, which is Abhishek Banerjee’s constituency. Madam Mamata is like Dhritarashtra and all their decisions are taken by Abhishek Banerjee. For this reason, many TMC leaders have left the party or are about to leave. TMC prepared so much political ground, but senior leaders weren’t respected. Why will anyone then stay? Abhishek Banerjee’s close aide Vinay Mishra demanded money from the Excise Commissioner. Not only this, Abhishek Banerjee also directly sought money from the coal mine owners.
Note: V1: Voice 1; V2: Voice 2