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EC tells Jamuna to furnish evidence against Shivraj

THE ELECTION COMMISSION of India has sought evidence from Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi to substantiate her allegation that offices held by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan were offices of profit under the Government within the meaning of article 102 (1) (a) of the Constitution.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 14:18 IST

THE ELECTION COMMISSION of India has sought evidence from Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi to substantiate her allegation that offices held by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan were offices of profit under the Government within the meaning of article 102 (1) (a) of the Constitution.

In a notice issued to Jamuna Devi after President APJ Abdul Kalam referred her petition for disqualification of BJP MPs Chouhan and Krishna Murari Moghe for allegedly holding offices of profit, the EC said that jurisdiction of the President to decide the question of alleged disqualification of an MP and the Commission’s jurisdiction to inquire into the question raised, arise only in cases of post-election disqualification (in other words, disqualification incurred by an MP after his/her election as such member).

But her petition, said the Election Commission notice, does not disclose the date of appointment of Chouhan and Moghe to the offices stated to be held by them, nor any documentary evidence has been produced to substantiate the allegation that the offices held by Chouhan and Moghe were offices of profit.

The EC asked Jamuna Devi to furnish by April 28 the precise information about the date of appointment of Chouhan and Moghe to the offices stated to be held by them and all relevant information, documents which could substantiate that they are holding office of profit under the Government within the meaning of article 102 (1) (a) of the Constitution and the information furnished should be duly supported by an affidavit.

In her petition to the President, Jamuna had said the post of ex-officio chairman of Madhyam, a Government body registered under Firms and Societies Act, held by the Chief Minister and deemed status of a Cabinet Minister conferred on BJP Lok Sabha member from Khargone Krishna Murari Moghe make them liable for disqualification as MPs.

First Published: Apr 12, 2006 14:18 IST