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OoP: EC to probe plea against PM, FM

The plea seeks disqualification of the two as MPs because they are trustees of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.

india Updated: Aug 26, 2006 19:16 IST

The Election Commission on Saturday said it will examine petitions against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram seeking their disqualification as MPs on the ground that they held offices of profit as trustees of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.

The position, however, may not attract such a punishment any more.

Just as the dust over the disqualification controversy appeared to have settled in the wake of President APJ Abdul Kalam giving his assent to a legislation in this regard, Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami said a complaint has been received against the two.

"We have received this complaint only three days ago. We will find out the exact position like the date of appointment and benefits, if any," he told reporters adding the Commission would take some time to probe the complaint.

First Published: Aug 26, 2006 17:06 IST