MP Mahua Moitra faces Ethics Committee over cash-for-query allegations. Intense scrutiny amid political controversy.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra is set to face the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee on October 31 over allegations of involvement in a cash-for-query scandal. Committee Chairman Vinod Kumar Sonkar revealed plans to enlist support from the Ministries of Home Affairs and IT for a thorough investigation into the accusations against Moitra. The committee, in its inaugural meeting, acknowledged the severity of the charges.
During the proceedings, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey, along with Advocate Jai Anant Dehadrai, presented oral evidence in connection to Dubey’s complaint against Moitra. Responding to allegations, Moitra was asked to appear before the committee on October 31.
In the backdrop of Moitra’s claims that Dubey submitted a fake degree in his election nomination papers, Dubey responded by questioning whether Moitra is a thief or not. He emphasized that he would answer any questions posed by the committee.
Moitra has staunchly refuted all allegations, stating that documents don’t lie. The Lok Sabha Ethics Committee, led by BJP MP Vinod Kumar Sonkar, includes members from various political parties.
The accusations against Moitra arose when BJP MP Nishikant Dubey approached the Ethics Committee, asserting that Moitra received bribes and favors for posing questions in the Lok Sabha. These questions allegedly targeted the Adani Group and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dubey claimed to possess evidence supporting these charges.
Moitra countered these allegations, labeling them as lies from a “jilted ex,” referring to Advocate Jai Anant Dehadrai. She attributed the accusations to the Adani Group’s attempt to undermine her persistent questioning of their practices.
The ongoing controversy has seen Mahua Moitra challenging the BJP’s focus, asserting that the real issue is corruption and not Adani, degrees, or theft. Meanwhile, the CEO of the Adani Group, Darshan Hiranandani, implicated in paying Moitra for raising questions in Parliament, countered the allegations in a signed affidavit. Hiranandani claimed that Moitra targeted Gautam Adani to tarnish Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reputation.