A petition seeking disqualification of Union Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh has been referred to the Election Commission by President APJ Abdul Kalam.
The petition, filed by Rashtriya Mukti Morcha through its president Ravinder Kumar, was referred by the President to the EC last week, Commission sources said.
The petition alleged that Ramesh by being a member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) was holding an Office of Profit and hence should be disqualified.
The sources said the petition was 'under process' to see whether Ramesh occupied the NAC post after he became a Rajya Sabha member.
Ramesh becomes the fifth minister in the Manmohan Singh government against whom petitions have been pending with the EC seeking disqualification for allegedly holding Offices of Profit. The other Union ministers are Pranab Mukherjee, Sharad Pawar, Meira Kumar and T Subbirami Reddy.