Using MP’s Login is Crime…But No Letter from Bizman Yet: Ethics Panel Chief on Mahua vs Hiranandani – News18

Last Updated: October 20, 2023, 12:25 IST

BJP MP Nishikant Dubey accused Mahua Moitra of taking ‘bribes’ from a businessman to ask questions in Parliament. (File photo: PTI)

Reacting to Vinod Sonkar’s statements, Mahua Moitra said that is ready to answer questions by CBI and Ethics Committee ‘(which has absolute majority of BJP members) if and when they call’

Vinod Sonkar, Chairman of the Ethics Committee of Parliament, told News18 that they are yet to receive any letter from Darshan Hiranandani, the CEO of real estate-to-energy group Hiranandani, against TMC MP Mahua Moitra.

According to news agency PTI, 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.

“If someone has used MP’s login, then it is a very serious offence. We will go through all the evidences on October 26 when the complainants have been asked to be present with proof,” Sonkar told News18, adding that action will depend on evidences provided by us by both sides.

He further said, “This has happened for the first time in Parliament’s history. This is a very unique and serious case.”

Meanwhile, a bench headed by Justice Sachin Datta heard the defamation suit filed by Mahua Moitra and posted the matter for hearing on October 31.

BJP MP Nishikant Dubey’s lawyer told the court that a businessman has circulated an affidavit on Thursday, mentioning that he had given expensive gifts to the petitioner. Moitra’s lawyer replied saying that the TMC MP is a public figure “with standing in the society”. “Unfortunately, she was friends with Jai Anant Dehadrai,” he added.

After the hearing, sources told News18 that Moitra’s lawyer, Gopal Sankarnaryanan, has withdrawn as he had mediated between Moitra and Dehadrai.

Amid the action, Moitra wished people “Shubho Sashthi” and said that she is “enjoying Durga Puja” in Nadia. She further reacted to Sonkar’s statements and said, “I welcome answering questions to CBI and Ethics Committee (which has absolute majority of BJP members) if and when they call me. I have neither time nor interest to feed a circus trial or answer BJP trolls,” the TMC MP posted on X.

The TMC MP had approached the Delhi High Court on Tuesday, seeking to restrain BJP MP Nishikant Dubey, an advocate and several social media platforms and media houses from posting, circulating or publishing any alleged fake and defamatory content against her.

Dubey has accused Moitra of taking “bribes” from a businessman to ask questions in Parliament and urged Speaker Om Birla to constitute an “inquiry committee” to look into the charges against her.

Citing a letter he received from Moitra’s estranged partner and lawyer Jai Anant Dehadrai, Dubey said the lawyer has shared “irrefutable” evidence of bribes exchanged between the TMC leader and a businessman.

In his letter to the Lok Sabha speaker, Dubey claimed 50 of 61 questions she asked in Lok Sabha till recently were focused on the Adani Group, the business conglomerate which the TMC MP has often accused of malpractices, more so after it was at the receiving end of a critical report of short-selling from Hindenburg.

In her plea in the high court, Moitra denied the allegations and claimed that they were designed to damage her reputation in relation to the false allegations made by Dubey and Dehadrai against her for alleged exchange of bribe for asking questions in Parliament.