Ethics Committee to Investigate 'Cash-for-Query' Case Against TMC MP Mahua Moitra
Ethics Committee to Investigate 'Cash-for-Query' Case Against TMC MP Mahua Moitra

Kolkata: In a significant development, Vinod Sonkar, Chairman of the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee, has confirmed the reception of a letter from businessman Darshan Hiranandani pertaining to the "cash-for-query" case against Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra. During his visit to Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh, Sonkar announced that BJP MP Nishikant Dubey and Supreme Court counsel Jai Anant Dehadrai have been summoned to appear before the ethics panel on October 26. They will present their testimony against Mahua Moitra, after which the panel will invite the TMC MP to present her side of the story.

Sonkar emphasized that the panel has requested all parties involved to submit their evidence. He stated, "It is too early to say; one aspect has come forward, which will be investigated. We will also seek to understand Mahua Moitra's perspective on the serious allegations made against her. Once the committee examines all the relevant documents, a decision will be reached."

In response to these allegations of 'cash for query' against TMC MP Mahua Moitra, Leader of the Opposition in West Bengal, Suvendu Adhikari, expressed his concerns. He condemned the alleged practice by the TMC MP and called for swift action by the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee.

Sukanta Majumdar, Lok Sabha MP and West Bengal BJP President, highlighted the issue of a large number of questions targeting the Adani Group, stating that this constitutes a breach of privilege. He called for an inquiry and appropriate action to be taken against Moitra.

This controversy erupted when Nishikant Dubey claimed that Mahua Moitra received payments from Darshan Hiranandani to speak in Parliament, particularly concerning the Adani Group, a rival of the Hiranandani Group. These allegations were based on a letter by Jai Anant Dehadrai, which purportedly included "irrefutable" evidence of bribe transfers between Moitra and the businessman.

In response, Mahua Moitra welcomed any investigation but stressed that the Lok Sabha Speaker should address pending charges against Dubey first.

Furthermore, Moitra has approached the Delhi High Court, seeking a permanent injunction and damages against Dubey, Dehadrai, as well as several social media platforms and media outlets. She is requesting that they refrain from uploading, spreading, or publishing any alleged defamatory information about her.

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