The Ministry of Home affairs has issued a show-cause notice to TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira Naroola for allegedly obtaining OCI (Overseas Citizens of India) and PAN (Permanent Account Number) by allegedly concealing her Thai citizenship. Banerjee is nephew of TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and is considered the de-facto second man in the party.
As per the show cause notice issued by the MHA, Rujira applied for PAN holding OCI card without mentioning that she is a Thai national. She has been asked to reply within 15 days otherwise, her OCI card might get cancelled.
The MHA in its notice said, “Whereas the Central Government, has been further informed that on 14.11.2009 Ms. Rujira Naroola applied for PAN card by filling Form 49A without intimating her real status as a Thai national holding OCI card and mentioning Shri Gursharan Singh Ahuja as her father. She was actually required to fill Form 49AA to get a PAN by declaring herself as a foreigner holding an OCI card. On the basis of information given in her application Form 49A, she has obtained the PAN card bearing no ****** under the name Ms. Rujira Naroola in the capacity of an Indian citizen.”
Abhishek Banerjee’s lawyer Sanjay Basu has meanwhile reportedly denied confirming the receipt of the letter and alleged that he had not seen any show cause notice.
Abhishek Banerjee’s wife first burst into headlines after it was reported from various sources that she was stopped at Kolkata airport with 2KGs of gold. It was also reported that she managed to get out of the clutches of custom department by using influence of her husband and with help from state police.