SC to hear Mahua Moitra’s plea against her expulsion from Lok Sabha on Friday

A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and S.V. Bhatti will hear the matter

TMC MP Mahua Moitra | PTI TMC MP Mahua Moitra | PTI

The Supreme Court will hear a petition filed by Trinamool Congress leader Mahua Moitra challengin    g her expulsion from Lok Sabha, on Friday.

A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and S.V. Bhatti will take up the matter for hearing.

Moitra had approached the top court on Monday against her expulsion after the Lok Sabha adopted a report of the ethics committee that had held her guilty of accepting bribes for asking questions in parliament.

On Wednesday, a CJI-led bench had taken note of the submissions of senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi, the counsel for Moitra, and Justice Chandrachud said he will take a call on the request for urgent listing of her plea.

"This is a member being expelled from the Lok Sabha," Singhvi said, while requesting the bench to list the plea for hearing either on Thursday or Friday.

Moitra was expelled from Lok Sabha on December 8 after the house adopted the ethics panel report by a voice vote.

Reacting sharply to her expulsion, Moitra had equated the action with hanging by a "kangaroo court" and alleged that a parliamentary panel was being weaponised by the government to force the opposition into submission.

A staunch critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party, Moitra has been at the centre of a raging controversy ever since BJP MP Nishikant Dubey accused her of “taking bribes” from businessman Darshan Hiranandani for asking some specific questions in parliament.

Dubey, in a letter the Lok Sabha Speaker, also alleged that the TMC leader had compromised the national interest by sharing the login details of her Lok Sabha account with Hiranandani.

The Speaker referred the matter to the ethics committee which, after recording the statements of Moitra, Dubey and advocate Jai Anant Dehadrai—who allegedly provided evidence against the ex-MP—recommended her disqualification as a parliament member.

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