The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has initiated a preliminary enquiry (PE) into the allegations of bribery against Trinamool Congress (TMC) Member of Parliament (MP) Mahua Moitra. The PE was initiated based on a reference from Lokpal, the anti-corruption authority which looks into the complaints against public servants.
The allegations against Moitra were made by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey, who accused her of taking money from businessman Darshan Hiranandani in exchange for raising questions in the Lok Sabha. Dubey alleged that Moitra was using her position as an MP to promote Hiranandani’s business interests.
The CBI has not yet registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Moitra, but the PE will likely focus on gathering evidence to determine whether there is enough to do so. If the CBI finds sufficient evidence, it will register an FIR and launch a full-fledged investigation.
Moitra is a prominent member of the TMC and is known for her outspoken criticism of the BJP government. She has been accused of being involved in several controversies in the past, but this is the first time that she has faced allegations of corruption.
The allegations against Moitra have been denied by her and her party. The TMC has accused the BJP of trying to silence her and has called the allegations a “political witch-hunt”.
The BJP has welcomed the CBI’s decision to initiate a PE into the allegations against Moitra. The party has said that it hopes that the CBI will conduct a thorough and impartial investigation.
The TMC has criticized the CBI’s decision, saying that it is politically motivated. The party has also said that it will fully cooperate with the investigation.
The CBI’s PE into the allegations against Moitra is likely to take several months. The agency will need to gather evidence and interview witnesses before it can decide whether to register an FIR.
If the CBI does register an FIR, Moitra could face criminal charges. She could also be expelled from the Lok Sabha if she is convicted of a crime.
The outcome of the CBI’s investigation will have a significant impact on Moitra’s political career. If she is cleared of the allegations, she will be able to continue her career as an MP. However, if she is convicted, her career will be in jeopardy.