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Mahua Moitra booked by CBI in alleged cash-for-query case

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday registered a first information report against former Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra in the alleged cash-for-query case.

The agency filed the case two days after the Lokpal, the anti-corruption ombudsman, directed it to investigate allegations against her.

Moitra was expelled from Parliament on December 8 based on a motion moved by Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi. The motion was based on a recommendation by the Lok Sabha’s Ethics Committee that had found Moitra guilty of having shared her login credentials to the Parliamentary website with Dubai-based businessman Darshan Hiranandani and accepting gifts in exchange for asking the questions in Parliament.

The allegations against the vocal critic of ruling-BJP were made in October by Bharatiya Janata Party MP Nishikant Dubey and advocate Jai Anant Dehadrai, her estranged partner.

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