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COMMISSION’S OPINION DATED 31.07.2017 AND HON’BLE PRESIDENT OF INDIA ORDER 26.10.2017 - REFERENCE FROM HON’BLE PRESIDENT OF INDIA- DISQUALIFICATION OF SMT. RITI PATHAK, MP (Lok Sabha)
Allegation of disqualification- on the ground- office of profit- office of President of Zila Panchayat, Distict Sidhi (M.P)
Constitution of India- Disqualification under Article 102 and 103- Held- not guilty- provisions of Madhya Pradesh Panchayat Raj Avam Gram Swaraj Adhiyam, 1993- and – Article 103
The Election Commission opined that as per provisions of Madhya Pradesh Panchayat Raj Avam Gram Swaraj Adhiyam, 1993, the Respondent was absolved from the said post on the date she got elected as the Member of Parliament. Further, the President can decide question of disqualification of a sitting member under Article 103 only if the disqualification is incurred after election as a Member of Parliament as laid down in Election Commission, India v. Saka Venkata Subba AIR 1953 SC 210.
Decision: not maintainable