EC receives presidential reference on Sonia, Somnath

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New Delhi, Mar 24 (UNI) The Election Commission has received presidential reference regarding 10 Members of Parliament, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, for alleged holding of an office of profit.

''The President has issued a notification that was referred to the Election Commission for verification,'' Chief Election Commissioner B.B. Tandon said today.

Ms Gandhi yesterday resigned from the Lok Sabha and as Chairperson of the National Advisory Council (NAC).

Others named in the presidential reference are Mr Karan Singh, Mr Subbirami Reddy, Ms Kapila Vatsayan, Mr Mukul Roy, Mr Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, Mr Chandrapal Singh, Mr Nilotpal Basu and Mr Sanjay Jharadia.

Mr Tandon, however, was unclear as what would be the EC's reaction on Ms Gandhi, Mr Karan Singh and Ms Kapila Vatsayan as they are no longer members of parliament.

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