Lok Sabha ethics committee report on Mahua Moitra to be tabled today

During the ongoing winter session on Friday, the Lok Sabha is poised to present a report from its Ethics Committee, recommending the expulsion of Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra in connection with a \’cash-for-query\’ case.

Originally slated for discussion on December 4, the committee report was not brought forward at that time. The updated agenda for Friday, released by the Lok Sabha secretariat, now designates the ethics committee report as agenda item number 7.

Noteworthy points from the ethics committee report on Mahua Moitra include:

Opposition parties are advocating for a parliamentary discussion on the panel\’s recommendations before reaching a decision on Mahua Moitra. Bahujan Samaj Party MP Danish Ali expressed, \”If the report is presented, we would insist on a comprehensive discussion as the draft was adopted in two-and-a-half minutes.\”

On November 9, the ethics committee, headed by Vinod Kumar Sonkar, endorsed a 500-page draft report recommending Moitra\’s expulsion from the Lok Sabha over the cash-for-query allegations. The report secured a 6:4 majority, with six panel members, including Congress MP Preneet Kaur, voting in favor, while four members from opposition parties submitted dissent notes.

Media reports, citing the draft report, allege that Moitra visited the UAE four times between 2019 and 2023, during which her Parliament login credentials were accessed on multiple occasions. The report asserts that her member portal login credentials were accessed 47 times from Dubai.

Nishikant Dubey of the BJP wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, accusing Moitra of targeting the Adani Group in Lok Sabha at the behest of businessman Darshan Hiranandani in exchange for gifts. However, opposition leaders, including Danish Ali and Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, have contested the report, branding it a \”fixed match\” and asserting that Dubey\’s complaint lacked supporting evidence.

Moitra can only face expulsion if the House votes in favor of the panel\’s recommendation.

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