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Prez still studying OoP Bill

Official sources say no decision had been taken by Kalam so far and he was studying the bill sent to him for assent.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2006 17:21 IST

President APJ Abdul Kalam, to whom the Office of Profit bill has been sent without changes by Parliament for assent, has still not taken any decision and is "studying" it.

Official sources said no decision had been taken by Kalam so far and he was studying the bill sent to him for assent.

The bill, which exempts 56 posts and gives reprieve to over 40 MPs who could have faced disqualification, was sent to the President on August 1.

Asked whether he had sought any legal opinion or consulted constitutional experts, officials in the President's office replied in negative.

The bill was sent to Kalam two months after he had returned it to Parliament for reconsideration.

Under the Constitution, he has to give assent to a bill sent to him for a second time by Parliament after reconsideration.

The President, while returning the bill to Parliament, on May 30, had asked it to reconsider it to have a "comprehensive and generic" criteria besides being "fair and reasonable" and applicable in a "clear and transparent" manner across all the states and union territories.

Another point raised was in relation to the posts sought to be exempted by the new law. The implication of including the names of offices for which petitions were already pending under process by the competent authority should also be addressed by Parliament while reconsidering the bill.

While returning the bill, the President had urged both the houses of Parliament to reconsider the propriety of the applicability of law with retrospective effect.