Mahua Moitra’s expulsion: Supreme Court to hear tomorrow TMC leader’s plea against Lok Sabha expulsion

 – Gudstory

Mahua Moitra’s expulsion: Supreme Court to hear tomorrow TMC leader’s plea against Lok Sabha expulsion – Gudstory

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The apex court will on Friday hear Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) leader Mahua Moitra’s plea against her expulsion from the Lok Sabha for her links in the ‘cash for query’ case. His petition will be heard by a Supreme Court bench led by Justice Sanjiv Khanna.

The expelled MP tried his best on Wednesday to get a hearing date for his petition. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appeared for Mahua Moitra and mentioned the petition before a bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul. Later, he was asked to mention the petition before the Chief Justice of India.

Justice Kaul said, “Let the CJI decide. I cannot decide on this at this stage.” Justice Kaul is retiring on December 25. Moitra approached the apex court challenging her expulsion from the Lok Sabha.

Later, Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud assured the petitioner that the Supreme Court would consider the listing request urgently.

Mahua Moitra was expelled from the Lok Sabha on Friday after discussing the Ethics Committee report in a ‘cash for query’ tabled in the Lower House. The report has recommended suspension of Mahua Moitra from Parliament. During the discussion on the Ethics Report, Moitra was not allowed to speak inside the House. The TMC leader had claimed that the Ethics Committee had broken every rule. The expelled Lok Sabha MP alleged that he has been found guilty of violating a code of conduct which ‘does not exist’.

Mahua Moitra also alleged that the report’s findings are based solely on the written testimony of two private citizens whose versions materially contradict each other.

“Neither of whom was allowed to cross-examine me. One of the two private citizens is my estranged partner, who with bad intentions posed as a private citizen before the committee. The two’s testimonies were used to hang me there. Has been done for.” Contrary to each other,” she said.

The Ethics Committee report probing the ‘unethical conduct’ of the TMC MP was adopted by a 6:4 majority in the panel last month. The report examined Moitra’s involvement in the ‘cash-for-query’ case. It revealed that he visited the UAE four times from 2019 to 2023, while his login was accessed multiple times.

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Published: Dec 14, 2023, 11:26 pm IST

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