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TC efforts to disqualify LS Speaker may not fructify

Moves by Trinamool Cong to get 10 CPI(M) MPs disqualified under the OoP Act, may come a cropper.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 19:56 IST

Moves by Trinamool Congress to get ten CPI(M) MPs, including Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, disqualified under the Office of Profit Act, may come a cropper.

A possibility to this effect has arisen with the Election Commission finding information furnished so far by Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy as "inadequate".

EC sources said the Commission is expected to decide in a couple of days "further action" on the petitions.

"The information provided so far was inadequate. The petitioner has not even mentioned the date of appointment of most of the MPs to the posts which are alleged to be offices of profit, which is a must," the sources said.

The Commission had come under an intense attack from the CPI(M) which had accused it of showing an anti-Left "bias" and asked it to close the disqualification proceedings against ten party MPs, including Chatterjee.

The Lok Sabha Speaker had also asserted that he held no office of profit and had blamed the Commission for launching a "trial by insinuations" against him without giving him any notice.

Trinamool congress leader Mamata Banerje had made a big issue of the disqualification petitions in the West Bengal assembly elections in which Left parties came out with flying colours.

Besides Chatterjee, other MPs named by Roy are Mohd Salim, Hannan Mollah, Lakshman Seth, Amitava Nandi, Sudhanshu Sil, Tarit Baran Topdar, Bansagopal Chowdhury, Sujan Chakraborty (all Lok Sabha) and former Rajya Sabha MP Nilotpal Basu.

First Published: Jun 06, 2006 19:56 IST