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Trinamool Congress Leader Mahua Moitra Summoned by Enforcement Directorate in FEMA Case

Trinamool Congress leader Mahua Moitra has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a case under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). Sources say Moitra has been asked to appear before the agency on February 19, where her statement will be recorded under the provisions of FEMA.

Moitra, who was expelled from the Lok Sabha following findings of unethical conduct by the Ethics Committee, is also under scrutiny by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The CBI is conducting a preliminary inquiry into allegations against Moitra based on a reference from the Lokpal.

In response to a questionnaire sent by the CBI regarding corruption allegations related to her parliamentary activities, Moitra has submitted her response. The CBI is currently examining her response and will subsequently report to the Lokpal, which referred the matter to the agency.

The allegations against Moitra include claims that she targeted the Adani group and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in her parliamentary questions at the behest of businessman Darshan Hiranandani, allegedly in exchange for gifts. Moitra has vehemently denied these accusations, stating that she is being targeted for raising questions on the Adani group’s deals.

Moitra’s expulsion from the Lok Sabha was based on findings of unethical conduct and contempt of the House for sharing her parliamentary credentials with unauthorized individuals, which was deemed to have an impact on national security.

The motion moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi in the Lok Sabha characterized Moitra’s conduct as “unbecoming” and accused her of accepting gifts and illegal gratification from a businessman, which was described as a serious misdemeanour.

Moitra, however, has maintained her innocence, criticizing the process as a “witchhunt” and calling attention to what she refers to as the “₹13,000 crore Adani coal scam.” She has highlighted the lack of official documentation from the Lokpal and CBI regarding the allegations against her, dismissing media reports based on unnamed sources as part of a “usual media circus.”

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