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OoP issue: Amar Singh deposes before EC

In an affidavit filed with the EC, Singh also insisted that his Cabinet rank as head of the UPDC was only a "decorative" designation.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2006 22:53 IST

Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Friday told the Election Commission that he drew no financial or other benefits as chairman of the UP Development Council (UPDC) to attract disqualification as an MP under office-of-profit rules for lawmakers.

In an affidavit filed with the Commission through his counsel, Singh also insisted that his Cabinet rank as head of the UPDC was only a "decorative" designation.

"A perusal of all the pertinent records would show that the respondent (Singh) has never availed of or even asked for any monetary benefit or honorarium or for any residential accommodation in any form or other facilities, including telephone or medical facilities in connection with the said post," the SP leader said in his affidavit.

Singh, who maintained that he broke no office-of-profit rules by heading the UPDC, also requested penalty on complainant JN Shukla, a Lucknow resident, who has challenged his Rajya Sabha membership.

"It is, therefore, respectfully prayed that the instant reference case may be dismissed with costs," he said.

Singh's counsel Pradeep Rai told reporters that his client would, however, file another reply in two weeks' time because petitioner Shukla has filed a supplementary complaint against him.

"The Election Commission granted us two weeks to file our reply after we sought a copy of the (supplementary) complaint, which was provided to us," Rai said after meeting the EC on behalf of Singh who is currently abroad.

He said the EC has not yet fixed a date to file the reply.