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ED Books Mahua Moitra In ‘Cash For Query’ Row  

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has initiated a case against Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mahua Moitra in connection with a cash-for-query matter, adding to the legal woes of the former Member of Parliament.

This development follows a prior case filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against Moitra, stemming from allegations made by BJP Lok Sabha member Nishikant Dubey. The CBI’s actions were directed by the anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal, who instructed the agency to investigate the accusations against Moitra.

Lokpal’s directive came after a preliminary inquiry and subsequent findings, prompting the CBI to file a case within the stipulated timeframe. Moitra had been expelled from the Lok Sabha in December for what was termed as “unethical conduct”.

Despite the ongoing legal proceedings, Moitra continued her election campaign in her Krishnanagar constituency in West Bengal. However, she failed to respond to the Enforcement Directorate’s summons requiring her presence for questioning at their New Delhi office.

The ED had issued fresh summons not only to Moitra but also to Dubai-based businessman Darshan Hiranandani, concerning a Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) contravention case.

Moitra, who has been renominated by the TMC from West Bengal’s Krishnanagar seat for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, denounced the ED’s actions as part of “vendetta politics”. The TMC accused the BJP-led government at the Centre of attempting to misuse agencies for political gains ahead of the elections.

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