EC says Khurshid letter settles row

With Law Minister Salman Khurshid tendering unconditional “regret” for his “dismissive and utterly contemptuous” defiance of its censure of him for violating the model code,the Election Commission decided not to press the matter further

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:February 16, 2012 3:39 am

With Law Minister Salman Khurshid tendering unconditional “regret” for his “dismissive and utterly contemptuous” defiance of its censure of him for violating the model code,the Election Commission Wednesday decided not to press the matter further.

“The commission considers that the communication received from Shri Khurshid establishes a complete and positive reversal of approach,in which he has also committed himself to the EC’s efforts towards conduct of free and fair election . Based on this clear change of position,it has been decided not to take any further action,” the EC said in a statement.

The decision came after after Khurshid wrote to CEC S Y Quraishi on Monday,regretting his statement.

The EC cautioned other leaders,especially those in the government,against such defiance. “The EC would like to advise all parties,particularly those persons holding public offices,to be extremely careful,so that a situation as in this case does not recur,” the statement said.

Explaining its tough stand against Khurshid,the EC said: “The commission was concerned about the implications this could have for the election in UP; the conduct of free and fair elections in future; and for the overall constitutional design. In this particular case,it was incumbent upon the EC to address and resolve the spillover of larger issues rather than taking any other measures.”

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