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Probe charges against Moitra in six months, Lokpal tells CBI

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A three-member Lokpal bench has directed the CBI to file an FIR and conduct a thorough investigation within six months into allegations of quid pro quo against Trinamool Congress leader Mahua Moitra. The accusations involve allowing Dubai-based businessman Darshan Hiranandani to utilize her Parliament portal login to submit at least 58 questions, all drafted by him from various locations like the UAE, US, and Bengaluru.

Probe charges against Moitra in six months, Lokpal tells CBI

Trinamool Congress leader Mahua Moitra

NEW DELHI: A three-member bench of

Lokpal

on Tuesday asked

CBI

to register an FIR and investigate within six months all allegations related to quid pro quo against

Trinamool Congress

leader

Mahua Moitra

for allowing

Dubai-based businessman

Darshan Hiranandani to use her

Parliament portal login

to post at least 58 questions, all typed by him from different locations, including the UAE, US and Bengaluru.

The bench, headed by Justice Abhilasha Kumari and comprising Archana Ramasundaram & Mahender Singh, said it found allegations against the former LS MP “extremely serious” which needed a deeper probe. Lokpal has taken cognisance of the preliminary report submitted by CBI and passed the judgment after hearing Moitra’s lawyer.
It rejected Moitra’s lawyer’s submission that Lokpal had no jurisdiction to entertain the complaint in light of Section 14(2) of the Act. The complaint against Moitra was made by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey who cited letters from Moitra’s former companion advocate Jai Anant Dehadrai as evidence.

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