Lokpal has ordered CBI probe into Mahua scam: Nishikant

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Lokpal has ordered CBI probe into Mahua scam: Nishikant

Thursday, 09 November 2023 | PNS | New Delhi

The day before the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee is scheduled to make a decision regarding Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra’s fate in relation to the cash for query allegations, complainant BJP MP Nishikant Dubey claimed on Wednesday that the Lokpal had ordered a CBI probe into the same scandal against Moitra.

Dubey took to social media to share the information, mentioning that based on his complaint, the Lokpal has ordered a CBI enquiry against the accused Moitra for allegedly engaging in corruption at the expense of national security.

An official statement from the anti-graft panel, however, is still awaited as of the time this news report was filed.

Nishikant has accused Moitra of asking questions in the Lok Sabha to target the Adani Group and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, allegedly at the behest of businessman Darshan Hiranandani, in exchange for gifts.

Moitra has denied these allegations, labeling them as a political vendetta by the ruling BJP. The matter is currently under investigation by the Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha, which is scheduled to adopt the report on Thursday. In response to Dubey’s post, Moitra stated that the agency was welcome to ‘come and count my shoes.’

She emphasised that the CBI needed to file an FIR in what she referred to as the “Adani coal scam”.

For media calling me — my answer: CBI needs to first file an FIR on the `13,000 crore Adani coal scam; the national security issue is how dodgy FPI-owned (including Chinese & UAE) Adani firms are buying Indian ports and airports with clearance from the home ministry. Then CBI is welcome to come and count my shoes,” she added.

Last month, Dubey lodged a complaint against Moitra with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla — who referred the complaint to the ethics panel — alleging that the MP had accepted expensive gifts from businessman Hiranandani in exchange for her parliamentary login credentials.

Citing ‘evidence’ provided by Moitra’s former friend Jai Anant Dehadrai, he claimed that Hiranandani would submit questions directly in Parliament using her login credentials to target the Adani Group and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mahua Moitra has denied any wrongdoing.

Dubey filed a complaint against Moitra with the anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal on October 21, accusing her of accepting bribes in exchange for asking questions in Parliament at the request of Hiranandani.

Moitra appeared before the Parliament ethics panel on November 2 to give her oral testimony regarding the allegations against her. However, she left the meeting abruptly, asserting that chairperson Vinod Sonkar asked her ‘unethical’ and personal questions. Sonkar, in turn, accused Moitra of using unparliamentary language against him and other members of the panel.

The five Opposition members also left the meeting on November 2, accusing Sonkar of asking indecent questions to Moitra.

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