TMC leader Mahua Moitra skips ED summons in FEMA Case

19 February,2024 01:46 PM IST |  Delhi  |  mid-day online correspondent

Mahua Moitra was issued by the ED on February 15 and instructed her to appear before them on February 19 at their Delhi headquarters.

Mahua Moitra/ PTI

Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mahua Moitra did not appear before the Enforcement Directorate(ED) on Monday as summoned in connection with a case related to irregularities under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

Moitra was issued by the ED on February 15 and instructed her to appear before them on February 19 at their Delhi headquarters. She was requested to provide documents related to foreign investments for interrogation in the FEMA case, stated a report in ANI.

According to the report, Moitra, 49, is also being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is conducting a preliminary inquiry based on a Lokpal referral.

Moitra is facing allegations from Bharatiya Janata Party MP Nishikant Dubey, who accused her of criticising the Adani Group and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha in exchange for gifts from tycoon Darshan Hiranandani, putting national security at risk, the report added.

Moitra was expelled as a Lok Sabha Member of Parliament in December after the Ethics Panel found her guilty in the 'cash-for-query' issue. Moitra, on the other hand, denies any wrongdoing and claims she was targeted for challenging the Adani Group's business practices, the ANI report stated.

She has also appealed her removal from Parliament in connection with the 'cash-for-query' claims, taking her case to the Supreme Court.

Mahua Moitra submits her response to CBI questions in cash for query case

Moitra recently sent her responses to a questionnaire by the Central Bureau of Investigation on allegations of a cash-for-query scam case. Reportedly, the CBI is examining her response after which it will be sending a report to the Lokpal.

According to agency reports, the CBI has also spoken to lawyers Jai Dehadrai and businessman Darshan Hiranandani in connection with the case's inquiry.

Moitra, who has been denying any wrongdoing on her part, in a tweet in November said, "Neither has Lok Pal uploaded any referral order on website as per Lokpal Act & nor has CBI put out anything official. "Sources" telling journos as per usual media circus. Hope Rs 13,000 crore Adani coal scam merits CBI PE before my witchhunt."

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