New Delhi: After BJP MP Nishikant Dubey on Sunday, October 15, alleged that Mahua Moitra was given “cash” and “gifts” as bribes to ask questions about the Adani Group in parliament, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP said she would welcome any probe into the claim.
In a letter to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, Dubey claimed he had “irrefutable evidence” that bribes were exchanged between Moitra and businessman Darshan Hiranandani and sought her immediate suspension from parliament. Though he has so far not been able to provide any evidence to back up his charge, he claimed that evidence was shared with him by Jai Anant Dehadrai, an advocate,
BJP MP Nishikant Dubey writes a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla demanding to constitute an inquiry committee against TMC MP Mahua Moitra and her ‘immediate suspension’ from the House alleging that ‘bribes were exchanged between her and businessman Darshan Hiranandani to ask… pic.twitter.com/pbqlMgbCvD
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“Shri Jai Anant Dehadrai has done elaborate and painstaking research, on the basis of which, he has concluded that till quite recently, Smt Moitra asked approximately 50 questions in Parliament, out of total 61, posted by her, which shockingly seek information, with the intent of protecting or perpetuating business interests of Shri Darshan Hiranandani and his Company,” Dubey said in the letter.
The “conspiracy”, Dubey claims, includes “vehemently” targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah by constantly referencing the Adani Group, “giving the impression that she was critical of the Government, possibly with the intention of seeking cover against her clandestine criminal operation”.
Dubey claimed that the episode is reminiscent of the ‘Cash for Query‘ episode of December 2005, and accused the TMC MP of ‘Breach of Privilege’ and ‘Contempt of the House’. He also alleged that her actions would also attract penalty for criminal offence under Section 120-A of the Indian Penal Code.
“I humbly request your goodself to constitute an ‘Inquiry Committee’, by following the past precedent. I also request you that during the interregnum period, i.e. constitution of an ‘Inquiry Committee’ and its submission of Report, Smt Mahua Moitra may be immediately suspended from the services of the House,” Dubey said.
Moitra posted a series of tweets on X (formerly Twitter), saying if the Adani Group “is relying on dodgy dossier created by dubious Sanghis & circulated by fake degree wallahs to either shut me up or bring me down I would advise them not to waste their time”.
She said multiple breach of privilege motions are pending against BJP MPs and asked speaker Birla to deal with those before taking up any motions against her.
The TMC MP welcomed a CBI probe into her alleged dealings.
Also welcome @CBIHeadquarters enquiry into my alleged money laundering right after they finish investigating Adani’s offshore money trail, over invoicing, benami accounts.
Adani may use BJP agencies to browbeat competition & buy airports but just try doing it with me.
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) October 15, 2023
Moitra had earlier accused Dubey of fudging his educational qualifications after which Dubey was accused of using sexist language againat her.