Sumitra Mahajan Refer TMC Bribe Issue To Ethics Committee

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New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday referred the alleged bribery case involving the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders to the Ethics Committee for investigation and report.

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The Ethics Committee will submit its report after examining all the facts.

According to Rule 233 B of the Constitution, if a matter is raised in House then it is empowered to refer the matter to committee on ethics. Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) veteran L.K. Advani is the chairman of the committee.

Earlier, the Rajya Sabha witnessed uproar during the Zero Hour over a sting operation in West Bengal as members from the Trinamool Congress and CPI (M) exchanged verbal volleys.

Urging the government to immediately order a probe into the matter, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said this is a scam of the highest order.

He said perhaps there was a match-fixing between the government and the Trinamool Congress on the issue.

A sting operation by a news portal allegedly showed several Trinamool Congress leaders accepting money in return for lobbying for a private firm.

Cornered both in the Parliament and outside, the TMC questioned the credibility of the video footage and hinted that foreign money was involved in creating these videos.