Debating India

OFFICE OF PROFITS

PIL petition against BJP leader

Tuesday 28 March 2006

Staff Reporter

High Court issues notice to EC, Centre, V.K. Malhotra

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notices to the Election Commission, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Lok Sabha member Vijay Kumar Malhotra and the Union Government on a public interest litigation seeking disqualification of Mr. Malhotra from the House for allegedly holding an office of profit in the past.

Taking the petition filed by Municipal Council of Delhi councillor Kunwar Sen on record, Justice Vikrajit Sen directed the three respondents to file replies to the petition by April 4.

In the petition filed through advocate Bhagwan Sharma and argued by senior advocate R.K. Anand, Mr. Sen said Mr. Malhotra had held back the information from the Returning Officer at the time of filing of nomination for the South Delhi Lok Sabha constituency in the last general elections that he was holding an office of profit by heading the All-India Council for Sports with Cabinet rank.

The petitioner said the Council was set up in 2002 to promote sports activities and its objects were not advisory.

At the time of nomination, Mr. Malhotra held the post and continued to do so even after being elected to the Lok Sabha in 2004, the petition said, adding that he resigned from the post on July 15, 2005.

Mr. Malhotra was entitled to salary and allowances as laid down under the law relating to salaries for Ministers of the Union Government, it alleged.

See online : The Hindu

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