Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan Wednesday referred the issue of alleged unethical conduct of some Trinamool Congress members to the Ethics Committee of the House. She termed the allegations as very serious, which could impact the “very credibility” of Parliament.
Her response came a day after CPI(M) member Mohammad Salim, BJP member S S Ahluwalia and Congress member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue of allegations of bribery against Trinamool members in the House and demanded an inquiry. The 15-member committee is headed by veteran BJP leader L K Advani.
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The Speaker’s action follows a sting released a few days back, which purportedly showed six Trinamool MPs accepting bribes from “officials” of a fictitious firm.
She said: “These allegations are very serious in nature… I have in exercise of my powers under the provisions of Rule 233-B of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha decided to refer the matter to the Committee on Ethics for examination, investigation and report.”