Congress’s Lok Sabha leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday wrote to Speaker Om Birla regarding the ethics committee’s proceedings against Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra in a ‘payment against request’ case and demanded a re-examination and appropriate revision of the rules and processes of Congress. functioning of parliamentary committees.
In a four-page letter to the speaker, Mr Chowdhury said there was no clear demarcation between the roles envisaged for the Privileges Committee and the Ethics Committee, especially when it comes to exercise penal powers.
Furthermore, there is no clear definition of “unethical conduct” and a “code of conduct” – although envisaged under Rule 316B of the Rules of Procedure – remains to be formulated, a he declared.
These issues, including the procedures followed by the committee – which have significant bearing and influence on the political system – may require further attention and streamlined processes under the leadership of the president, he said in the letter .
Mr Chowdhury, who is also the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, said the views he expressed were in his personal capacity.
The Lok Sabha Ethics Committee’s report recommending Ms Moitra’s expulsion in the ‘money for petition’ case will be tabled in the lower house on Monday.
According to the agenda papers released by the Lok Sabha Secretariat, ethics committee chairman Vinod Kumar Sonkar will place the first report of the panel on the table of the House.
The committee, in a meeting on November 9, adopted its report recommending Ms Moitra’s expulsion from the Lok Sabha over the allegation of ‘payment against request’.
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