When Somnath Chatterjee was the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, 11 MPs were accused of accepting cash and asking questions in Parliament.
Prima facie the MP was found to be involved in corruption, as a result the Speaker had rejected his MP membership.
BJP MPs were also among them. There was a Congress led UPA government at the center and Dr. Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister of the country. There was a lot of uproar on this matter inside and outside the Parliament.
Actually it was a media operation, in which the corruption was recorded through hidden cameras.
The matter reached the Supreme Court, but it did not accept the petitions challenging the Speaker’s constitutional authority and decision and the Parliament could not be restored.
Hardly any of those MPs were able to return to the Lok Sabha after winning the new elections! That decision of the Speaker became an example.
A similar matter has once again reached to Speaker Om Birla. BJP MP Nishikant Dubey has serious allegations that Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra has been asking sponsored questions on Adani Group in the House.
The fact that puts national security and the sensitivity of Parliament at stake is that Mahua’s e-mail ID and password, as an MP, has been used by Dubai-based industrialist Darshan Hiranandani.
He is the one who has been raising questions on Adani Group and sending them to Lok Sabha in the name of Mahua.
This is a gross violation of confidentiality and parliamentary security, hence also a crime.
Now the Conduct Committee of the Lok Sabha is investigating these allegations. Questions and answers will be asked from both MP Nishikant Dubey and Mahua.
The important dimension of this nexus is that industrialist Hiranandani also gave Rs 2 crore in cash to MP Mahua. To bear the expenses of her domestic and foreign travels. Also got the MP’s official residence in New Delhi repaired and renovated.
Only government agencies have been doing such work in government residences. Then why did the MP get the money from the industrialist?
Hiranandani also gave valuable gifts to Mahua. It is possible that there is business rivalry between the two industrial houses, hence Adani Group is being exposed through the MP!
The industrialist has also revealed that MP Mahua is very ambitious. She targeted Adani Group, but she wanted to tarnish the image of Prime Minister Modi.
The MP had also shared many important documents related to Adani with other opposition leaders, so that an organized campaign could be launched against the Prime Minister.
However, party chief and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has not been so much in favor of ‘anti-Adani’, hence has scolded the MP several times.
Even now Mamata Banerjee is completely silent on this revelation and no important statement has come out from the opposition either. The flamboyant BJP MP has also lodged this complaint with the Lokpal.
Lok Sabha Secretariat and National Informatics Center (NIC) must have done their preliminary investigation as to where the accused MP was ‘logged in’ from?
From which city, which place within the country or abroad was it used? State-of-the-art communication technology can easily reveal these.
We cannot confirm the allegations leveled against the Trinamool Congress MP and her nexus and corrupt collusion with the industrialist, but the matter is related to Parliament. She has gone public and reached the conduct committee.
There is also a case of criminal conspiracy against the Prime Minister of the country and the alleged crime of breach of parliamentary secrecy has come to light, hence we are analyzing.
The accused MP has also demanded an investigation into the ‘logins’ of all the MPs. This is nothing but sophistry. We will have to wait for the decision of the conduct committee.