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Karan Singh terms office of profit issue a 'mess'

Senior Congress leader Karan Singh, who resigned as MP, said that office of profit issue was 'badly handled'.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2006 19:56 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Senior Congress leader Karan Singh, who recently quit Rajya Sabha following the controversy over his holding an office of profit, on Monday, said the entire issue was "badly handled".

"I do feel that the whole matter has been badly handled... When the National Advisory Committee (from whose chairmanship Sonia Gandhi resigned) was set up, somebody should have thought of getting it exempted from the office of profit," he told a private TV channel.

Observing that the situation leading to Gandhi's resignation was in a "mess", Singh said, "the issue of this importance has to be handled with some amount of finesse".

Singh resigned from Rajya Sabha on March 23 after he was accused by the opposition of occupying an office of profit by being the Chairman of Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

He had said that ICCR Chairmanship was not an office of profit. He informed that the post had in the past, been occupied by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and P V Narasimha Rao when they were External Affairs Ministers and by Najma Heptulla when she was the Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha.

First Published: Apr 21, 2006 19:56 IST