TMC MP Mahua Moitra expelled from Lok Sabha over ‘cash for query’ matter

After a debate on the cash-for-question allegations, Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra was expelled from the Lok Sabha on Friday. Regardless of the Trinamool request to make Mahua Moitra speaker during the debate, she was not allowed to speak in the Lok Sabha during the debate. Following the vote in favour of Mahua Moitra’s expulsion, the Trinamool leader read her statement outside the Lok Sabha which she prepared.

Mahua Moitra said that it was the conduct of a kangaroo court and that there was no evidence of cash. Darshan Hiranandani was not heard by the ethics committee either, Mahua Moitra stated. “There was no evidence of any cash, any gifts anywhere. The recommendation of expulsion was solely based on the complaint that I shared my login. But there is no rule whatsoever in this regard.”

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said, “…This House accepts the conclusions of the Committee that MP Mahua Moitra’s conduct was immoral and indecent as an MP. So, it is not appropriate for her to continue as an MP…”

The ethics committee report, which recommended Mahua Moitra’s expulsion, was tabled on Friday and the West Bengal MP was expelled within hours. Both the Congress and the Trinamool wanted more time to go through the report.

What was the cash-for-question allegation against Mahua Moitra?

Mahua Moitra was accused of taking money and gifts from industrialist Darshan Hiranandani in exchange for a Parliament login, which Hiranandani used to file inquiries against Gautam Adani and the Adani Group. Jai Anant Dehadrai, an advocate, filed the first complaint. Nishikant Dubey, a BJP MP, forwarded Jai Anant’s complaint to the Lok Sabha Speaker. The issue was sent to the ethics committee, which recommended Mahua Moitra’s expulsion after questioning Nishikant Dubey, Jai Anant Dehadrai and others. The ethics committee report was taken up by the Lok Sabha on Friday and Mahua Moitra got expelled.

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