New Delhi । The Supreme Court issued a notice to the West Bengal government for alleged harassment of some customs officials by the state police. The custom officials were checking the baggage of Trinamool Congress MP’s wife, who is also nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, at the Kolkata airport.
The customs officials stopped Rujira Narula, the wife of Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee, at the airport for carrying excess gold from Bangkok. The Customs Department in its petition said that Rujira had not even mentioned it in the deceleration form on March 16.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that the Customs Department has drawn attention to something very serious happening at the airport, and the state government needs to file a reply.
The Customs Department in its petition said that this kind of interference by the state police obstructs the department from discharging its duties.
During a hearing on March 29, Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta had told the court that an FIR was registered by the state police against customs officials.
The SG alleged that a complaint lodged by the customs officials against the police officers, who “abused and resorted to criminal intimidation and voluntarily obstructing customs officials from performing their duties”, was not even being considered seriously.
“There is a constitutional anarchy in West Bengal, if I may say it succinctly,” Mehta had told the court.
Customs Department reportedly recovered 2 kg gold from Rujira’s bag at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport on the way back from Bangkok with her sister Menka Gambhir on March 16