Defiant Mahua moves SC to counter her unlawful sack

KOLKATA | Updated: 11 December, 2023 3:20 pm IST
Mahua Moitra has now approached the Supreme Court

KOLKATA: Expelled parliamentarian from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) Mahua Moitra moved the Supreme Court to challenge her expulsion from the Lok Sabha on Monday, following her ouster.

The Krishnanagar MP was expelled upon the recommendation of the Parliamentary ethics committee in the cash-for-query scandal, on December 8, when the lower house passed a resolution to expel Moitra in accordance with the report.

 

According to sources, Moitra has questioned the process of investigation that led to her expulsion, submitting a 15-page application to the SC. Speculations had already been rife regarding her SC move following the happenings at the Lok Sabha.

In the report, Moitra allegedly mentioned how she was harassed by being asked personal questions when she was summoned during the course of the interrogation. Moitra has allegedly accused the ethics committee of bypassing protocol, according to the sources.

 

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) member of parliament, Nishikant Dubey, had initially raised apprehensions regarding Moitra, while accusing her of receiving expensive gifts and sharing her login credentials with industrialist Darshan Hiranandani, to submit questions against Gautam Adani’s conglomerate.

Calling the act “unfortunate for a democracy,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemned Moitra’s ouster from the parliament, stating that she is a victim of “vendetta politics”. “I am telling you that Mahua is a victim of the circumstances and I strongly condemn it. Our party is totally behind Mahua. Our party will fight along with the INDIA alliance together,” Banerjee told the media.

 

“This matter opened our eyes again. This is the vindictive politics of the BJP. It is unfortunate for the democracy,” Banerjee added.

Moitra’s expulsion has marked the first instance of a parliamentarian being ousted from the new parliament building’s premises.

Presently, a source has said that the case, which was filed online by Moitra, is slated to be listed for a hearing soon.

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