In a 6:4 split decision, the Ethics Committee recommends Mahua Moitra’s expulsion
The Lok Sabha Ethics Committee on Thursday recommended the expulsion of TMC MP Mahua Moitra from the House in the “cash-for-query” matter. The Ethics Committee, headed by BJP MP Vinod Kumar Sonkar, met here and adopted its report recommending Moitra’s expulsion – with six MPs approving and four MPs opposing. The four opposition members said the panel’s recommendation was “prejudiced” and “incorrect”. Now Lok Sabha has to consider the Committee’s report in the next Session and pass a resolution for expelling Mahua.
After the meeting, Sonkar told reporters that six members of the panel supported the adoption of the report and four opposed it.
#WATCH | Vinod Sonkar, Chairman of Ethics Committee of Parliament, “The report (on TMC MP Mahua Moitra) was adopted by majority vote and sent to the Lok Sabha Speaker. There were some people who wanted to obsturct the probe but today the report was adopted by a majority. Danish… pic.twitter.com/71BlQ4gKqp
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Preneet Kaur suspended Congress MP supported expelling Mahua Moitra. The suspended Congress MP is the wife of former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s wife, who is now in the BJP. Other MPs who supported the expulsion are – Hemant Godse, Sumedhanand, Aparajita Sarangi, Rajdeep Roy, and Vinod Sonkar (Chairman Ethics Committee).
The four Opposition MPs who objected to the expulsion are – Danish Ali, Natrajan, Vaithilingam, and Giridhar Yadav.
In 2005, 11 MPs were expelled from Parliament in another “cash-for-query” case but those expulsions were recommended by the Rajya Sabha Ethics Committee and a Lok Sabha Inquiry Committee. Experts said that the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee report will now be sent to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. The speaker may order that it be published, he said. During the next session of Parliament, the committee chairman will table the report in the House and thereafter there will be a debate on it, followed by a vote on a government motion for the member’s expulsion, they said.
The committee had earlier heard Moitra, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey, who filed the complaint against her and advocate Jai Anant Dehadrai. Based on information shared by Dehadrai, the BJP MP accused Moitra of asking questions in the Lok Sabha to target the Adani Group and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the behest of businessman Darshan Hiranandani in exchange for gifts. The Dubai-based businessman turned as approver and gave an affidavit that he had given cash and gifts to Mahua and even said that Mahua had given him her Parliament log-in ID and password to submit questions.
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