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Jairam cleared in Office of Profit controversy

The EC has cleared Union Minister of State for Commerce, saying he was not holding an office of profit, reports Saroj Nagi.

india Updated: Dec 28, 2006 01:19 IST
Saroj Nagi

The Election Commission is believed to have cleared Union Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh in the office of profit controversy and saidthat the MP who represents Andhra Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha was not holding an office of profit as a member of the National Advisory Council.

The EC is said to have conveyed its opinion to this effect to President APJ Abdul Kalam in response to a petition forwarded to it by Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The complaint against Ramesh was filed by Rashtriya Mukti Morcha president Ravindra Kumar who alleged that the Rajya Sabha MP had attracted disqualification by becoming a member of the NAC which, the petitioner said, was an office of profit.

Since the amendment made to the Parliament (prevention of disqualification) Act during the Monsoon session put the post of chairman of the NAC in the list of 50-odd offices exempted from attracting disqualification, there was speculation whether it was necessary to also put the membership of the Council in the exempted category.

First Published: Dec 28, 2006 01:19 IST