NEW DELHI: Continuing his attack on Mahua Moitra in the “cash for query” case, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey on Friday questioned a Congress leader‘s defence of the TMC MP, saying an outsider having access to the parliamentary portal through a member’s account can get sensitive documents.
Dubey was responding to the point of Congress MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy, who is a member of Lok Sabha‘s ethics committee, that it was only after Moitra shared an OTP with anyone using the portal through her log-in that a question to be asked in Parliament on her behalf could have been submitted.
Dubey, whose allegation that Moitra took bribes to ask questions in Parliament at businessman Darshan Hiranandani’s behest is being probed by the panel, noted that members get access to bills often days before they are presented in the House.
He said Moitra is a member of the standing committee on IT, a sector in which Hiranandani also has an interest. Classified papers related to the work of the committee on health were also there besides the documents linked to data protection measures, he added.
“This entire matter is suspicious and national interest was compromised for corruption,” he linked.
Opposition members of the panel on Thursday stormed out of its meeting along with Moitra as they accused its chairperson Vinod Kumar Sonkar of asking her “indecent personal” questions, a charge he said was motivated to shield the parliamentarian from queries into Moitra’s alleged “unethical conduct”.
Moitra pleaded innocence to bribery claims, and termed Sonkar’s questions to her “filthy” after the walkout.

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