The Indian Statistical Institute on Monday said that Pranab Mukherjee resigned as chairman of the ISI council on June 20, much before filing his nomination as the presidential candidate, though his name was still on its website.
"Pranab babu has already submitted his resignation as ISI council chairman on June 20. But by mistake, Mukherjee's name continues to be on the ISI official website. It still consists of names of several retired and veterans of ISI," an ISI official told PTI in Kolkata.
The official also said "This has nothing to do with his resignation as union finance minister," he said.
Stating that the ISI council chairman's post was not an office of profit, the official said, "Pranab babu's post of chairman was literally an honorary post. He never received any honorarium and there was no reimbursement on his travel expenses."
Presidential candidate PA Sangma had written to Rajya Sabha Secretary-General V K Agnihotri, returning officer for Presidential election that Mukherjee was chairman of the ISI and therefore his nomination papers be rejected under the Office of Profit rules.