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President returns Office of Profit Bill to Parliament

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | May 30, 2006 22:06 IST
Last Updated: May 30, 2006 22:13 IST

President A P J Abdul Kalam on Tuesday returned the Office of Profit Bill back to Parliament for reconsideration.

Official sources said Kalam sent a message to the Government seeking 'comprehensive criteria' for exemption of posts to protect parliamentarians and legislators against disqualification.

The criteria should be fair and reasonable and can be applied across all states and Union Territories in a clear and
transparent manner, he said in his communication while returning the Bill that was passed in the just-concluded Budget session of Parliament.

The other point on which the President is said to have reservation was about the propriety of applying the law with
retrospective effect. He wants this also to be considered afresh, the sources said.

Kalam, who received the Bill on May 25 for assent, took the decision after giving 'careful' thought and wider consultation with judicial and legal experts, the sources said.

The President's move has come as a dampener on the United Progressive Alliance government's efforts to exempt56 posts, including that of National Advisory Council chairpersonhip, from the definition of office of profit.

WithPTI Inputs

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Sub: Office of Profit bill

My President is always right. :)

Posted by sunitha

Sub: Game of the BJP

When Sonia Gandhi got re-elcted from Rai Bareli she was not holding any office of profit. Hence, the demand of Mr. Ranj Nath Singh for ...

Posted by Johnson

Sub: Office of Profit Bill sent back

The president should show same boldness in returning the reservation bill.When Supreme Court can ask the govt. why not him.The youth of India have certain ...

Posted by sunilsharma

Sub: President Kalam acts!

Dear President On behalf of people you deserve our heartfelt appreaction by returning this bill.Politicians should have seriously pondered over entire gamut of the issue.Instead ...

Posted by Ashwani K Sharma

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Well done Mr.President. Don't be a rubber stamp. All the old polititions should be taught a lesson. They cannot do what ever they like and ...

Posted by T.P. Veeraraghavan



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