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Cash-for-query case: CBI files FIR against Mahua Moitra


NEW DELHI: In response to directives from the anti-corruption ombudsman


, the Central Bureau of Investigation (


) filed an


against former Trinamool Congress (


) MP

Mahua Moitra

on Thursday in the

cash-for-query case

, officials said.
The Lokpal issued instructions to the CBI after reviewing the findings of the agency’s preliminary inquiry into allegations raised by BJP Lok Sabha member Nishikant Dubey against Mahua.

The Lokpal directed the CBI to investigate comprehensively all facets of the complaints against her within six months.
Mahua, who was expelled from the Lok Sabha in December last year for alleged “unethical conduct,” is currently challenging her expulsion in the Supreme Court. Despite the controversy, she is set to contest the upcoming general elections as the TMC’s candidate from the Krishnanagar Lok Sabha seat in West Bengal.
Dubey accused Mahua of soliciting cash and gifts from Dubai-based businessman Darshan Hiranandani in exchange for raising questions in the Lok Sabha to criticize industrialist Gautam Adani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, among others. Mahua vehemently denied these allegations.

The Lokpal, after careful consideration, deemed the allegations against Mahua as grave and supported by substantial evidence. It emphasized the need for a thorough investigation, considering Mahua’s former position and status.
The Lokpal bench, comprising Justice Abhilasha Kumari, and members Archana Ramasundaram and Mahender Singh, stressed the importance of probity in public office and the detrimental effects of corruption on democratic functioning.

Consequently, the Lokpal directed the CBI to conduct a comprehensive investigation into all allegations and submit a report within six months. The CBI is also required to provide monthly updates on the status of the investigation.
The FIR marks a significant development in the ongoing controversy surrounding Mahua, underscoring the gravity of the accusations and the importance of upholding integrity in public service.
Further updates on the investigation are anticipated as the CBI delves deeper into the case.
(With inputs from agencies)

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