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Cash for query case: CBI conducts searches at TMC leader Mahua Moitra's house in Kolkata

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- March 23rd 2024 11:15 AM
Cash for query case: CBI conducts searches at TMC leader Mahua Moitra's house in Kolkata

Cash for query case: CBI conducts searches at TMC leader Mahua Moitra's house in Kolkata

Cash for query case: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is conducting searches at Trinamool Congress leader Mahua Moitra's residences and other places in Kolkata in connection with an alleged cash-for-query case.
 
Following Lokpal's directive on Tuesday, the CBI has been instructed to investigate all aspects of the accusations levelled against Trinamool Congress leader and former MP Mahua Moitra in the 'cash for query' case. 

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Earlier, on March 15, Lokpal had mandated the CBI to look into the allegations under Section 20(3)(a) and provide a report within six months.

"After careful evaluation and consideration of the entire material on record, there remains no doubt regarding the fact that the allegations leveled against the Respondent Public Servant (RPS), most of which are supported by cogent evidence, are extremely serious in nature, especially in view of the position held by her. Therefore, in our considered opinion, a deeper probe is required to establish the truth," Lokpal said in its order.

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The CBI had earlier conducted a preliminary inquiry into the allegations against Moitra on the reference from the Lokpal.

Moitra faced expulsion from the Lok Sabha in December of the previous year following the adoption of the ethics committee's report, which found her guilty in the Cash for Query case. Despite denying any wrongdoing, she claimed to be targeted due to her inquiries into the Adani Group's deals.

A complaint was lodged against her by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey to the Lok Sabha Speaker, alleging that she received "cash and gifts" from Dubai-based businessman Darshan Hiranandani in exchange for posing questions in Parliament.

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Earlier this month, the Delhi High Court dismissed Moitra's plea to restrain Nishikant Dubey and Jai Dehadrai from making accusations in the cash-for-query case.

(With inputs from agencies)

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