“Chairman, Ethics Comm announced my 31/10 summons on live TV way before official letter emailed to me at 19:20 hrs. All complaints & suo moto affidavits also released to media. I look forward to deposing immediately after my pre- scheduled constituency programmes end on Nov 4,” Moitra wrote in a post on X.
On Thursday, Dubey told the Ethics Committee that it was an “open and shut” case and Moitra should be disqualified.
Moitra also posted the letter she had sent to the chairperson of the committee, where she said that she will be busy with post Vijay Dashami gatherings till November 4 in her constituency in West Bengal’s Nadia district and requested to give her a date and time after November 5.
Dubey and advocate Jai Anant Dehadrai gave “oral evidence” to the panel against the Trinamool Congress MP on Thursday, after which its chairperson Vinod Kumar Sonkar said the committee will also seek assistance from the ministries of home affairs and IT in probing the allegations.
Moitra has been embroiled in the alleged ‘cash-for-query’ scandal over the questions raised by her against conglomerate Gautam Adani. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s MP Nishikant Dubey earlier wrote to the Lok Sabha speaker alleging the involvement of Mahua Moitra in the ‘Cash for Query’ scandal. He further claimed that he had proof of the charges as given to him by Advocate Jai Anant Dehadrai.
Dubey, in his letter to the Lok Sabha Speaker, titled “Re-emergence of nasty ‘Cash for Query’ in Parliament,” had alleged “‘serious Breach of Privilege’, ‘Contempt of the House’ and a ‘Criminal Offence’ under Section 120A of IPC” by the Trinamool Congress MP. Dubey claimed that an Advocate, Jai Anant Dehadrai, had provided him with proof of a bribe.
In response to this letter, the Trinamool Congress MP said that she would welcome a probe by the speaker after he dealt with alleged breaches of privilege by other BJP MPs.
Following the allegations, the Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha summoned Dubey and Dehadrai who gave “oral evidence” to the panel against the Trinamool Congress MP during the day, after which its chairperson Vinod Kumar Sonkar said the committee will also seek assistance from the Ministries of Home Affairs and IT in probing the allegations.
(With agency inputs)