The office of profit controversy returned to haunt Amar Singh as the Election Commission has slapped a notice on the Samajwadi Party leader following a reference received from the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
EC sources said that the Commission has received reference from the President following a petition from an advocate in Uttar Pradesh that Singh should be disqualified under Section 10 of the Representation of Peoples Act (RPA).
Section 10 of the RPA says that a person who is managing the affairs of a company in which the government has more than 25 per cent share, should be disqualified.
The petitioner contended that Singh, as Chairman of the UP Development Council, which was fully owned by the state government, had managed the affairs of the Council, the sources said.
Earlier more than a year ago, a similar petition was filed against Singh.