Mahua Moitra case ‘more serious’ than 2005 cash-for-query scam: Nishikant Dubey

Bharatiya Janata Party MP Nishikant Dubey on Wednesday launched a fresh attack on Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra and claimed that the ‘cash-for-query’ allegations against her are more serious than the 2005 cash-for-query scam case in which 11 MPs were involved. Suspended.

Dubey told reporters, “MPs have been suspended for asking questions for ₹10,000 in Parliament. This (Moitra’s case) is a much more serious matter than that.”

When asked about the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee summons to Moitra on this matter, Dubey avoided replying saying that as per the rules, it would be inappropriate to speak on a matter which is already being investigated by the panel.

In the year 2005, 11 MPs including Chhatrapal Singh Lodha (BJP), Anna Saheb MK Patil (BJP), Manoj Kumar (RJD), Chandra Pratap Singh (BJP), Ram Sewak Singh (Congress), Narendra Kumar Kushwaha (BSP) were elected. . ), Pradeep Gandhi (BJP), Suresh Chandel (BJP), Lal Chandra Kol (BSP), YG Mahajan (BJP), and Raja Rampal (BSP) were accused of taking bribes for raising questions in Parliament.

Subsequently, a sting operation was conducted against these MPs by two journalists and broadcast on a news channel which came to be known as the cash-for-questions scam. The suspended MPs challenged the expulsion, but it was upheld by the Supreme Court in a 2007 decision.

The BJP MP from Godda constituency had written to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla claiming that the TMC MP had shared his official login credentials with Dubai-based businessman Darshan Hiranandani, seeking bribe from him in return for asking questions in Parliament about the Adani Group targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Meanwhile, Moitra has written to the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee that she will appear before it for hearing on Thursday and has issued a two-page letter to the parliamentary panel asking it to ‘examine’ alleged ‘bribe giver’ Darshan Hiranandani has sought Complainant, advocate Jai Dehadrai.

“Since the Ethics Committee saw fit to issue my subpoena to the media, I feel it is important that I also release my letter to the committee before my “hearing” tomorrow,” she said on

Moitra also alleged that Dehadrai has not provided any evidence to support his claims in his written complaint or in the oral hearing.

She had asked the committee to respond in writing and place on record its decision to allow or disallow such cross-examination.