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EC gives opinion to Kalam

Deputy EC, however, refused to divulge the opinion tendered to the President with regard to MPs.

india Updated: May 07, 2006 12:59 IST

The Election Commission on Wednesday said it has given its opinion to President APJ Abdul Kalam with regard to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and seven other former MPs on the office of profit issue.

Deputy Election Commissioner R Balakrishnan, however, refused to divulge the opinion tendered to the President with regard to the MPs.

He said that EC has sent its opinion also with regard to Jaya Bachchan, Kapila Vatsyayan, VK Malhotra, Amar Singh, Balbir Punj, Anil Ambani and Sugrib Singh.

While Bachchan had already been disqualified, Gandhi, Vatsyayan and Ambani have resigned from their Parliament seats and Punj is retired from the Rajya Sabha.

The Commission has also tendered its opinion with regard to two MLAs -- Uttar Pradesh Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mohd Azam Khan and Chatturam Mahto (Jharkhand), he said.

While notices have been issued to petitioners in 22 cases involving 37 MPs seeking additional information, notices were issued to four more MPs -- Anuradha Choudhary (RLD), Bansagopal Chowdhury, Amar Singh (SP) and Sajjan Kumar (Congress), he said.