YSRCP Parliamentary Party Chief and Andhra Govt’s special representative in Delhi MP V Vijaya Sai Reddy has been cleared of the charge of holding an office of profit for being appointed as the Andhra Pradesh government’s special Representative in Delhi. In an order, President Ram Nath Kovind accepted the Election Commission of India’s opinion that Mr. Reddy had not incurred disqualiﬁcation as an MP for his role as the AP Government’s special representative.
The EC’s June 8 opinion said the government order appointing Mr. Reddy on July 7, 2019, had stated that he would not be “entitled for any other perks”. He would, however, enjoy the status of “state guest” while under taking oﬃcial visits to Andhra Pradesh as special representative of the State Government at Andhra Bhavan of New Delhi. the EC opinion said, citing the government order.
The President’s order stated that a petition seeking disqualiﬁcation of Reddy as an MP was received on September 9, 2019, and the petition had been referred to the EC for its opinion. Mr. Reddy was elected to the Rajya Sabha on June 3, 2016, and was then appointed to the oﬃce of Special Representative by the State government and given the rank of a Cabinet Minister on June 22, 2019.
The appointment was cancelled on July 4, 2019, as Mr. Reddy was holding an oﬃce of proﬁt, the petition said. MP Vijay Sai Reddy was then re-appointed to the role on July 7, 2019, with the clariﬁcation that he would not be entitled to any other perks other than “enjoying the status of State guest during his oﬃcial travels in the State of Andhra Pradesh in connection with performance of his duties as Special Representative”, the President’s order stated.
The EC cited the Parliament (Prevention of Disqual iﬁcation) Act 1959 Section 3, where a list of oﬃces of proﬁt that do not lead to disqualiﬁcation includes certain oﬃces where the holder is “not entitled to any re-numeration other than compensatory allowance”. The EC also cited judgments that have held that “an oﬃce will not fall in the category of ‘Oﬃce of Proﬁt’ if no pecuniary gain can be made form it”