In a startling turn of events, the Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha has summoned Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra to appear before it on October 31. The reason? Allegations of cash-for-query charges. These allegations have sent shockwaves through the political landscape and garnered significant attention. Let’s dive into the details of this intriguing case.
Mahua Moitra has found herself at the center of a storm, facing allegations of accepting bribes in exchange for raising questions in Parliament. The allegations claim that she posed inquiries aimed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and industrialist Gautam Adani in Parliament, all in exchange for financial incentives.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Nishikant Dubey filed the initial complaint. He cited documents provided by Supreme Court attorney Jai Anant Dehadrai, who had been associated with Moitra but had a falling out. The complaint alleged that Moitra accepted bribes and presented what they called “incontrovertible proof” of these transactions between her and businessman Darshan Hiranandani. The focus of these questions was primarily on the Adani Group.
The Committee’s Response
In response to the allegations, the Lok Sabha’s Ethics Committee convened its first meeting, where they recorded statements from both Nishikant Dubey and Jai Anant Dehadrai. The seriousness of the allegations prompted this swift response.
Mahua Moitra’s Defense
In defense, Mahua Moitra vehemently denied all the allegations, dismissing them as “jilted ex’s lies.” She also accused the Adani Group of targeting her to deter her from asking questions related to the conglomerate. Furthermore, she claimed that the BJP was orchestrating a plot to remove her from the Lok Sabha.
The Trinamool Congress, led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has advised Mahua Moitra to clarify her position regarding the allegations. They have emphasized the need for a proper investigation by the parliamentary forum before making any decisive judgments.
As the nation waits for October 31, all eyes are on the Ethics Committee’s proceedings and Mahua Moitra’s appearance before it. The cash-for-query charges and the subsequent allegations have injected a dose of drama and controversy into India’s political arena. The outcome of this investigation will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications on the political landscape and the involved individuals’ careers.