Lokpal Orders CBI Probe into ‘Cash for Query’ Allegations Against Mahua Moitra

Mar20,2024 #CBI #Mahua Moitra

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Published on: March 20, 2024 at 09:07 IST

The Lokpal, directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate all aspects of the allegations made against Trinamool Congress leader and former MP Mahua Moitra in the ‘cash for query’ case. The investigation is to be conducted under Section 20(3)(a), with a report to be submitted within six months. Additionally, the CBI has been instructed to provide monthly updates on the status of the investigation.

In its order, the anti-corruption ombudsman emphasized the seriousness of the allegations against Moitra, stating that they are supported by cogent evidence and warrant a deeper probe, especially considering her position.

Moitra was expelled from the Lok Sabha in December last year following the adoption of a report by its ethics committee, which found her guilty of the allegations. However, Moitra has consistently denied any wrongdoing, attributing the accusations to targeting as a result of her questioning of the Adani Group’s deals.

The allegations stem from a complaint made by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey to the Lok Sabha Speaker, accusing Moitra of accepting “cash and gifts” from businessman Darshan Hiranandani in exchange for asking questions in Parliament. Dubey welcomed the Lokpal’s decision, affirming the validation of his complaint.

Earlier this month, the Delhi High Court dismissed Moitra’s plea seeking to restrain Nishikant Dubey and another individual from making allegations in the cash-for-query case.

This development underscores the gravity of the allegations and the rigorous investigation process underway to ascertain the truth behind them.

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