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Karan Singh quits Rajya Sabha

He has been accused of occupying office of profit by being chief of ICCR.

india Updated: Mar 26, 2006 13:36 IST

Congress' Rajya Sabha MP Karan Singh on Thursday resigned from membership of the House, party sources said.

Karan Singh has been accused by the Opposition of occupying office of profit by being the Chairman of Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

Congress sources said Singh has sent his resignation letter addressed to the Chairman of Rajya Sabha Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi who earlier in the day resigned from Lok Sabha.

Karan Singh is also the Chairman of Rajya Sabha's Ethics Committee, which had recommended the expulsion of two members of the upper House -- Chhatrapal Singh Lodh for his involvement in cash-on-camera scam and Sakshi Maharaj for "misuse" of MPLAD scheme.

Singh claimed ICCR Chairmanship is not an office of profit and this post had in the past been occupied by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and PV Narasimha Rao when they were External Affairs Ministers and by Najma Heptualh when she was the Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha.

First Published: Mar 24, 2006 00:37 IST