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01 August, 2006

BJP urges President to seek apex court's opinion on Office-of-Profit Bill

Yahoo India News
Chandigarh, Aug. 1 (ANI): On the controversial Office-of-Profit Bill awaiting President's approval, the BJP on Tuesday urged him to seek an opinion of the Supreme Court on the issue.
Speaking to newspersons here, BJP's legal cell convenor Satyapal Jain alleged that the UPA Government had "conveniently side tracked the President" with the passage of Bill through the Parliament.
"The BJP will challenge the Bill in a competent court of law," he added.
The Parliament on Monday passed the Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill, 2006 or the Office-of-Profit Bill with Lok Sabha voting 230 in favour and 71 against it, without incorporating any changes.
Piloting the Bill, which was passed for the second time by the Rajya Sabha last week, Union Law Minister Hansraj Bhardwaj assured the House that the Government would appoint a committee to look into the definition of office of profit. ...
...While returning the Bill, President called for a holistic view of the entire office-of-profit controversy. He had also suggested the introduction of a uniform legislation in both the Centre and the States. He was also peeved that the Bill was passed with retrospective effect. ...