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Context: The Lok Sabha Ethics Committee has adopted a report recommending the expulsion of a member from the Lower House over a "cash-for-query" allegation.
- The panel recommended an "intense, legal, institutional inquiry by the Government of India" into the matter, leaving the investigation of the money trail to the government.
- The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) emphasized the potential national security risk, citing the danger of foreign agencies accessing sensitive material.
- The report of the Ethics Committee will be presented to the Lok Sabha for consideration during the Winter Session of Parliament. The outcome depends on the House's vote in favour of the panel's recommendation.
- If the Lok Sabha supports the recommendation, it will be the first expulsion of a Parliamentarian by the Ethics Committee since its establishment in 2000.
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