Independent deputy Ion Stan, formerly with the Social-Democratic Party (PSD), was heard by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) for influence peddling toward obtaining campaign funds, according to Mediafax. On January 17, DNA prosecutors sought an extension of Ion Stan’s interdiction to leave the country, a decision which Ion Stan challenged in the High Court who on Thursday rejected his appeal as groundless. On Dec 21, 2012, the Chamber of Deputies voted against the lifting of Deputy Ion Stan’s immunity. After the Chamber of Deputies vote, PSD President Victor Ponta said that Stan could no longer remain a PSD member and the only way out for him would be to resign from Parliament. Later on, Deputy Ion Stan announced his resignation from PSD. The DNA opened a criminal investigation against Stan on two counts of influence peddling. His driver, Florin Sarca, too, is inquired in connection with the case for complicity to influence peddling. In the criminal investigation ordinance, DNA prosecutors show that Stan demanded RON 130,000 from his denouncer, an amount to pay for the fuel consumed by some motor vehicles to be used in the course of his electoral campaign, and for purchases of foodstuffs distributed to voters in the run-up to the Dec 9, 2012 election. In exchange for the sum, Ion Stan promised the denouncer, businessman Nicusor Dima, state contracts given his influence on some decision making staff.