Amar gets EC notice, Jaya moves SC

Jaya Bachchan has sought clarification of the term "office of profit".

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 00:14 IST

Jaya Bachchan, whose membership of the Rajya Sabha has been recommended for disqualification by the Election Commission, on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking clarification of the term "office of profit".

Bachchan, who was elected on a Samajwadi Party ticket, has in her application requested the Court to clarify the term "office of profit" under the Centre or the State Government.

She has sought to know under what situation or circumstance a person is deemed to be holding an office of profit with the Centre or a State Government.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission issued notice to Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh on a petition seeking his disqualification from the Rajya Sabha on the ground that he held an office of profit.

The Commission has asked him to file a written reply on or before March 31, EC sources said.

The Commission's communication to Singh comes on a petition seeking his disqualification on the ground that as Chairperson of Uttar Pradesh Development Council, he held an office of profit and attracted disqualification.

Reacting to the development, Amar Singh said his lawyer would reply to the Commission's notice.

He said he respected Constitutional institutions like the Election Commission.

Earlier in the day, Chief Election Commissioner BB Tandon told reporters as per the Constitutional provisions, under Article 102 and 103, a petition (against Singh) has been made to the President, who has referred it to the Commission for its opinion.

"The Commission has to act according to the provisions of the Constitution. The Commission has to follow the legal and Constitutional provisions and send the necessary opinion to the President and that process has started," he said.

On Thursday, Uttar Pradesh Assembly passed a Bill seeking to take away 79 posts, including those held by Bachchan and Singh, from the list of office of profit.

First Published: Mar 10, 2006 17:00 IST