Goutam Deb appears before full bench of EC

West Bengal Housing minister Goutam Deb met the full Bench of Election Commission headed by CEC SY Quraishi, with his allegation that the Trinamool Congress had used black money to fund its election campaign.

Last Updated: Apr 28, 2011, 16:52 PM IST

Kolkata: West Bengal Housing minister
Goutam Deb on Thursday met the full Bench of Election Commission
headed by Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi, with his
allegation that the Trinamool Congress had used black money to
fund its election campaign.

Deb, a CPI(M) central committee member, who was given
10 minutes for the meeting by the EC told reporters afterwards
that he had given the bank account details of a number of
Trinamool Congress candidates.

Deb said that he also drew the EC`s attention to the
use of helicopters by the Trinamool Congress and the claim by
Wikileaks on a purported US diplomatic cable stating that the
US should cultivate Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee as she
could be the next chief minister of West Bengal.

He claimed that he also produced parts of burnt
Trinamool Congress subscription coupons which he alleged was
done to erase proof of use of black money.

Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy has
filed two defamation cases against West Bengal minister Gautam
Deb, including a civil suit seeking damages of Rs 15 crore,
for alleging that the party used black money for its election
campaign.

PTI