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Mahua Moitra should be expelled from Lok Sabha, recommends Ethics Panel of Parliament: Sources

Hours before the reports that Ethics Palen recommended her expulsion from the Lok Sabha, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey claimed that Lokpal had ordered for CBI probe in the cash-for-query case.

Reported By : Devendra Parashar Edited By : Raju Kumar
New Delhi
Updated on: November 08, 2023 22:34 IST
TMC MP Mahua Moitra
Image Source : PTI/FILE TMC MP Mahua Moitra

The Parliamentary Ethics Committee recommended that Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra should be expelled from membership of Lok Sabha, the sources said on Wednesday. The TMC MP is an accused in a cash-for-query case.

The development came hours after reports surfaced in which it was told that the Anti-Corruption Panel (Lokpal) issued an order for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into corruption charges against her.

BJP MP Nishikant Dubey said the Lokpal has ordered a CBI probe against Moitra on his complaint of alleged corruption by her. 
Hitting back, Moitra said the CBI needs to first file an FIR on Rs 13,000 crore Adani coal "scam".
Moitra responds to CBI probe reports
"National security issue is how dodgy foreign portfolio investor (FPI) owned (inc Chinese & UAE ) Adani firms buying Indian ports & airports...Then CBI welcome to come, count my shoes," she posted on X.
The ethics panel was scheduled to meet on Thursday to consider and adopt its draft report but the meeting was rescheduled for Thursday.
On Tuesday, Moitra had claimed that the meeting was postponed to keep a Congress member away from the proceedings and adopt the report by a majority, prompting a sharp retort from Dubey.
Moitra claimed that no draft report of the committee was circulated to the members and that the BJP leaders were reaching out to allies to ensure their attendance to adopt the report by majority.
Dubey took a dig at the Trinamool Congress MP contending that it was her guilty conscience that was leading her to worry about the proceedings of the parliamentary panel.

Lok Sabha Ethics panel to meet Thursday

Meanwhile, the Ethics Committee of Lok Sabha will meet on Thursday to adopt a draft report on the cash-for-query allegation against Moitra amid indications that the panel may take a grim view of the charges against her.
BJP MP Nishikant Dubey had approached Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla against Moitra, accusing her of asking questions in Lok Sabha to target the Adani Group at the behest of businessman Darshan Hiranandani in exchange for gifts.
The committee is likely to take a grim view of the charges against Moitra, more so after she accused its chief Vinod Kumar Sonkar of asking filthy and personal questions to her in the last meeting before walking out in a rage along with opposition members.
There are indications that the committee may make a recommendation against Moitra in its report to Speaker Birla amid a possibility of dissent notes from opposition members.
Sources said the committee is also expected to underline its unhappiness at the conduct of some opposition members during its proceedings and make a mention of it in its recommendations to the House.
They said the committee may make recommendation against BSP member Danish Ali, who was loudest in his attack on Sonkar's "indecent and personal" questions to Moitra.
Sonkar had described the conduct of members like Danish Ali and JD (U)'s Giridhari Yadav unethical. The 15-member committee has seven members from the BJP, three from the Congress, and one each from BSP, Shiv Sena, YSRCP, CPI(M) and JDU. 
Congress sources said its members N Uttam Kumar Reddy and V Vaithilingam will submit dissent notes. BSP member Kunwar Danish Ali is also set to submit his dissent note. All five opposition members who attended the November 2 meeting walked out of the proceedings, alleging that Sonkar asked personal and indecent questions to her regarding her travels, hotel stay and telephone calls.
(With PTI inputs)

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