Cash-for-query row: Lok Sabha panel hears BJP MP Dubey, lawyer Dehadrai

The Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha has asked TMC member Mahua Moitra to appear before it on October 31 in relation to cash-for-query allegations levelled against her by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey, who told the panel on Thursday that it was an “open and shut” case and she should be disqualified.
Dubey and advocate Jai Anant Dehadrai gave “oral evidence” to the panel against the Trinamool Congress MP during the day, after which its chairperson Vinod Kumar Sonkar said the committee will also seek assistance from the Ministries of Home Affairs and IT in probing the allegations.
The panel’s meeting began with sharp differences among the 10 members present, excluding the chairperson, on who should they hear first — the complainant or the accused — forcing a vote to resolve the matter.
Opposition members cited the recent case involving BSP MP Danish Ali and BJP’s Ramesh Bidhuri to note that another parliamentary panel had called the ruling party member, accused of making derogatory commen

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