Expelled Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra has approached the Delhi High Court to challenge the cancellation of her government accommodation. The court was initially scheduled to hear her plea, but it has decided to wait for the Supreme Court’s order on another related lawsuit slated for January 3.
Moitra’s request to postpone the hearing came after the government informed the court that she had also challenged her expulsion from the Lok Sabha in the Supreme Court, with the hearing scheduled for January 3. In light of this development, the government requested the high court to defer the hearing until after the Supreme Court’s decision.
Represented by senior advocate Pinaki Mishra, Moitra sought the court’s permission to retain her accommodation until May 31. However, the court has now rescheduled the hearing for January 4.
Moitra’s petition filed in the high court seeks to overturn the Directorate of Estates’ December 11 order or alternatively, to allow her to continue occupying the accommodation until the results of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections are announced.
The Lok Sabha MP was expelled on December 8 following the adoption of the Ethics Committee’s report, which held her accountable for “unethical conduct.” The report alleged that Moitra had accepted gifts from businessman Darshan Hiranandani and shared her user ID and password of the Parliament website with him.
Moitra vehemently denies these allegations and claims that the government is weaponizing the parliamentary panel to suppress the opposition. She argues that she has been unjustly found guilty of breaching a non-existent code of ethics and asserts that there is no evidence of her accepting cash or gifts.
The controversy surrounding Moitra began when BJP MP Nishikant Dubey wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on October 15, urging an inquiry committee to investigate allegations made against the Trinamool Congress leader by Supreme Court lawyer Jai Anant Dehradai.