TMC MP Mahua Moitra called Darshan Hiranandani, the CEO of real estate-to-energy group Hiranandani, a “jilted ex” after he turned approver in a “cash for query” case.
“He (Darshan) is a jilted ex with an acrimonious personal history with me who wanted to somehow get back at me. If indeed he was witness to all my corruption, why was he with me during the time and why did he wait till now to make it public?” Moitra wrote on X in a late night post.
Darshan, on the other hand, claimed that the TMC MP “made frequent demands” including “expensive luxury items, providing support on renovation of her officially allotted bungalow in Delhi, travel expenses, holidays, etc, apart from providing secretarial and logistical help for her travels within India and to different parts of the world.”
Louis Vuitton bags to iPhones: Are All Items Mahua Moitra’s ‘Bribe’?
Earlier this week, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey and Moitra’s estranged partner and lawyer Jai Anant Dehadrai alleged the Moitra took favours from Hiranandani to raise questions in Parliament.
According to a report in OpIndia, advocate Dehadrai, in his complaint, listed items that Moitra allegedly got in exchange for asking questions in the Parliament.
The publication claims that it searched about the listed products and their cost.
The first item mentioned in the list was iPhones. In one of the recent photographs on Mahua Moitra’s Facebook page, she can be seen holding an iPhone resembling its 14 Pro model. The phone is listed at a price of Rs 1,39,900 on Amazon, the report stated.
The second item mentioned in the list is scarves from Hermes. While Hermes’ US website lists the scarves at USD 510 a piece, according to Luxepolis website, these are available in India at Rs 30,000 to Rs 38,000 a piece. Advocate Dehadrai did not mention the number of scarves, the report stated.
According to OpIndia, the third item mentioned was scarves from Louis Vuitton. The scarves by Louis Vuitton can vary anywhere between Rs 50,000 to Rs 4,95,000, as per the company’s official website’s India store.
The next item on the list is 35 pairs of shoes from Salvatore Ferragamo, the report stated. These shoes are available on multiple luxury brand websites, such as Fashiola.
The price range of these shoes varies between Rs 70,000 to Rs 1,10,000. Considering the average price of Rs 80,000 per pair, the combined worth of the shoes alone would be Rs 28 lakh.
The next item on the list was expensive wines from France and Italy that may cost anywhere between Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 a bottle, the report stated.
The next item on the list was Bags from Gucci. The bags from Gucci may cost up to Rs 2,00,000 easily in India, the publication further stated.
OpIndia mentioned that advocate Dehadrai claimed she received a crocodile leather bag from Berluti. The alligator leather bag by Berluti costs USD 14,500, that is over Rs 12 lakh.
What is ‘Cash for Query’ Case
Darshan Hiranandani allegedly paid Mahua Moitra to raise questions in Parliament about Adani Group to “malign and embarrass” Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
News agency PTI has accessed a copy of a signed affidavit, in which Hiranandani admitted at using Moitra’s Parliamentary login to ask questions targeting Adani after state-owned behemoth Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) booked capacity at the Gujarat-based conglomerate’s Dhamra LNG import facility in Odisha and not at his firm’s planned facility.
According to PTI, Darshan met Moitra at Bengal Global Business Summit in 2017 when she was a MLA. He said that the TMC MP became a “close personal friend” over the years whom he had expected to use for getting business in states ruled by opposition parties.
“Moitra was very ambitious and wanted to make a name for herself at the national level,” he said of her winning the Lok Sabha election from Krishnanagar in West Bengal in 2019.
“She was advised by her friends and advisors that the shortest possible route to fame is by personally attacking Modi.” However, the prime minister enjoyed “an impeccable reputation and was not giving any opportunity to anyone to attack him in policy, governance or personal conduct,” Darshan Hiranandani said.
“As was her wont, she thought that the only way to attack Modi is by attacking Gautam Adani and his group as both were contemporaries and they belong to the same state of Gujarat.”
She was helped by the fact that Adani had caused jealousy and had detractors among some sections of business, politics and media. “So, she expected support from these sections in her endeavour to malign and embarrass the Prime Minister by targeting Adani,” Darshan said.