Cash for query row: TMC MP Mahua Moitra to appear before Lok Sabha Ethics Committee | India News

NEW DELHI: Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra will on Thursday seem earlier than the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee, which is probing ‘money for question‘ allegations levelled in opposition to her by Bharatiya Janata Social gathering MP Nishikant Dubey.
Moitra, in a letter to the panel on Wednesday, confirmed she would seem earlier than it for the listening to.
Dubey had alleged that Moitra allegedly took bribes from Dubai-based businessman Darshan Hiranandani to boost questions in Parliament to focus on the Adani Group.Dubey had written a letter to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, titled “Re-emergence of nasty ‘Money for Question’ in Parliament”, searching for a probe into the matter. He additionally claimed that advocate Jai Anant Dehadrai had supplied him with proof of alleged bribes.
The BJP MP and the complainant Dehadrai had appeared earlier than the Lok Sabha panel on October 26 to offer oral proof. The panel had requested Moitra to look on October 31. She requested a listening to date after November 5 citing pre-scheduled programmes, however was denied an extension past November 2.
Moitra additionally requested for permission to cross-examine the alleged “bribe giver” Hiranandani and the complainant, advocate Dehadrai, within the case.
The TMC MP on Wednesday made public her letter to the Ethics Committee chief and BJP MP Vinod Kumar Sonkar.
Posting the two-page letter on her X deal with, Moitra mentioned, “Since Ethics Committee deemed it match to launch my summons to the media I feel it is vital I too launch my letter to the Committee earlier than my “listening to” tomorrow.
In her letter, Moitra alleged that advocate Dehadrai had supplied no documentary proof to again his allegations in both his written grievance or any proof in his oral listening to.
“Consistent with the ideas of pure justice I want to train my proper to cross-examine Dehadrai,” she wrote in her letter to the Committee.
“In gentle of the seriousness of the allegations, it’s crucial that the alleged ‘bribe-giver’ Darshan Hiranandani, who has given a ‘Suo-Motu’ affidavit to the Committee with scant particulars and no documentary proof in anyway, be referred to as to depose earlier than the Committee and supply the mentioned proof within the type of a documented itemised stock with quantities, date and so forth” she additional wrote.
“I want to place on file that consistent with the ideas of pure Justice I want to train my proper to cross-examine Hiranandani,” she added.
Moitra had requested the Committee to reply in writing and place on file their resolution to both enable or disallow such cross-examination.
Furthermore, the TMC MP additionally raised considerations over the ‘double requirements’ of the Ethics Committee and highlighted that the panel is adopting a distinct method within the case of BJP MP Ramesh Biduri, who she says has a really severe grievance of hate speech.
“In direct distinction, a really completely different method has been adopted within the case of Shri Ramesh Biduri, MP, BJP who has a really severe grievance of hate speech (which was brazenly made on the ground of the Home) pending in opposition to him on the Privileges and Ethics department made by a Hon’ble member of this similar Committee, Shri Danish Ali, MP. Biduri was summoned on October 10, 2023, to offer oral proof and knowledgeable the Committee that he was away campaigning in Rajasthan and wouldn’t be attending. No additional date for his listening to has been given to date. I want to place on file that these double requirements reek of political motives and do little to boost the credibility of the Privileges & Ethics Department,” Moitra mentioned within the letter.
The TMC MP additionally questioned the jurisdiction of the committee in investigating alleged criminality.
“There’s additionally the query of whether or not the Ethics committee is the suitable discussion board to look at alleged criminality. I want to respectfully remind you that Parliamentary Committees should not have prison jurisdiction and haven’t any mandate to research alleged criminality….This examine was particularly created by our nation’s founders to forestall even the slightest misuse of Committees by the federal government having fun with a brute majority in Parliament” the TMC MP wrote.
(With inputs from companies)

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