New Delhi, Jan 29 (Agencies): Ethics Committees of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha will probe Union Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh's complaint about MPs lobbying for projects in which they have vested interests.

Speaker Meira Kumar has referred the issue to the Committee while Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari had done so last month itself.

Ramesh had in December 2010 written to the Presiding Officers of both the Houses of Parliament in this regard.

The Minister had claimed violation of norms by MPs in approaching him with matters of companies they are running or associated with and raising issues related to projects that do not fall in their constituencies.

He had also urged them to discourage MPs from meeting Ministry officials directly, saying such meetings were often used to exert pressure on them.

"This is a blatant violation of norms. I have tried to discourage this but have not entirely succeeded," Ramesh had contended.

Ramesh said he also found objectionable MPs coming up to him and pleading for or against projects that are neither in their state nor in their constituency.