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‘Plea on ‘Office of Profit’ dismissed by President’

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    15th Sep, 2020

President Ram Nath Kovind has dismissed a plea to disqualify YSRCP Rajya Sabha Member V Vijayasai Reddy, accusing him of holding an office of profit.

Context

President Ram Nath Kovind has dismissed a plea to disqualify YSRCP Rajya Sabha Member V Vijayasai Reddy, accusing him of holding an office of profit.

Background

  • TDP leader C Ramakotaiah filed a petition filed under Article 102 (1) (a) of the Constitution of India, claiming that Reddy held office of profit as he had been appointed a Special Representative of the Andhra Pradesh Government at Andhra Bhavan in New Delhi.
  • President Kovind referred the petition to the Election Commission (EC), seeking its opinion.
  • The EC opined that in view of the provisions contained in the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1959, Reddy did not incur disqualification for being a Member of Parliament.
  • Based on the opinion given by EC, the President dismissed the plea for Reddy’s disqualification.
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