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Supreme Court Defers Hearing Of Mahua Moitra's Appeal Against Expulsion From Lok Sabha To January 3

Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra was expelled from the Lok Sabha after the House accepted the recommendations of the Ethics Committee in the 'cash-for-query' case.

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The Supreme Court on Friday deferred the hearing on Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra's petition against her expulsion from the Lok Sabha till January 3.

Moitra was expelled from the Lok Sabha on December 8 after the House accepted the recommendations of the Ethics Committee's report in the 'cash-for-query' case. She was accused of asking questions in the Lok Sabha after taking bribes from a businessman. 

The SC adjourned the hearing on Moitra's petition and listed it for January 3 after the bench said has not had the time to go through the case file, according to India Today. 

Following the expulsion, Moitra approached the Supreme Court to challenge her expulsion. She flagged illegality and arbitrariness of the expulsion. Immediately after the expulsion, she had alleged the committee had been "weaponised" against her. She also dubbed the committee a "kangaroo court".

Moitra further said that the haste with which she was expelled demonstrated "how important Adani is to you". She added that the proceedings showed to "what length you will go to harass a single woman MP into shutting her into submission". 

Rejecting the report, Moitra said, "The findings are based solely on the written testimonies of two private citizens whose versions contradict each other in material terms none of whom I was allowed to cross-examine. One of the two private citizens is my estranged partner who with mala fide intention masqueraded as a common citizen in front of the committee. The two testimonies have been used to hang me, they are polar opposites to each-other."

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