The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a showcause notice to Rujira Naroola, wife of Abhishek Banerjee, who is the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and called her to explain why she made false representation and concealed material facts while submitting documents before the authorities to get her OCI and PAN card.
The notice which has been sent by Foreigners Division says that if Naroola does not reply in 15 days from the date of the issue of the notice and the Centre would take appropriate decision on the matter.
The notice says that Naroola was issued the PIO card which mentioned Niphon Naroola as her father, Howeverm when she applied for the conversion of her PIO card to OCI card in 2017 the supporting documents she provided was her marriage certificate (issued in 2013) which mentioned Gursharan Singhas her father.
The notice also says that Naroola holds a PAN card as an Indian national, whereas she is a foreign national with an OCI card. It says she applied for a PAN card by filing a form 49A without disclosing her real status as Thai national holding an OCI card and mentioning Gursharan Singh her father. She was supposed to fill up the 49AA form to get the PAN card by declaring herself as a foreigner holding an OCI card.
It also says that her OCI card is liable to be cancelled under the Citizenship Act, 1955 owing to the discrepancies.
The notice has come less than a fortnight after Naroola and her female companion were detained by the NSCBI airport customs officials for carrying over 2 kg Gold. The customs officials alleged in a complaint that Kolkata city police officials tried to intervene while they tried to check her luggage. The officials named Abhishek Banerjee in the complaint.