Mahua Moitra: Kunal Ghosh, a prominent leader of the Trinamool Congress, has raised concerns over the Lok Sabha ethics panel’s summons to Member of Parliament Mahua Moitra, deeming it “politically motivated.” Moitra has been asked to appear before the panel on November 2 in relation to the ongoing cash-for-query controversy.
Trinamool Congress Leader Accuses Lok Sabha Ethics Panel of Political Motivation in Mahua Moitra’s Summons
Ghosh questions the urgency of the ethics committee’s decision to maintain the November 2 date for Moitra’s appearance and suggests a political motive behind this move. He also highlights the delayed proceedings regarding BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari’s case, which has been pending with the ethics panel for six years following a CBI case against him. Ghosh argues that the panel seems more intent on pressuring Mahua Moitra while not addressing Adhikari’s case.
Moitra had initially been summoned to appear on October 31
Moitra had initially been summoned to appear on October 31, and she had requested additional time, indicating her availability only after November 5. In response, the ethics panel extended the appearance date to November 2 but firmly declined further extensions.
In a related development, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey and Supreme Court lawyer Jai Anant Dehadrai provided “oral evidence” to the panel against Mahua Moitra.
Moitra insists on a “fair hearing and an adequate opportunity” to defend herself against the allegations, which she characterizes as “false, malicious, and defamatory.” She also seeks the opportunity to “cross-examine” businessman Darshan Hiranandani.
The cash-for-query controversy began when Nishikant Dubey made accusations against Mahua Moitra, citing a letter from Dehadrai. Dubey claimed that Dehadrai possessed “irrefutable” evidence of bribery between Moitra and businessman Darshan Hiranandani. Allegedly, a significant portion of Moitra’s parliamentary questions were aimed at safeguarding the business interests of Darshan Hiranandani and his conglomerate.