Patil takes away expensive gifts she received as President

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    Patil takes away expensive gifts she received as President


    New Delhi: Former president Pratibha Patil has courted controversy yet again. This time, she is under the scanner for taking a range of expensive gifts she had received as President to her hometown Amravati. It is being seen as an aberration of sorts by Constitutional experts.

    Patil reportedly received more than 150 gifts during her tenure as President. These included a gift from US President Barack Obama and a gold-plated miniature of the Golden Temple at Amritsar.

    Now, every gift is being transferred to Amravati where they will be placed in a museum in Vidyabharti College, a trust run by Patil's family.

    The Presidential estate reportedly signed an official MOU with the trust, say sources.

    In the museum, Pratibha Patil's political journey will be on display. The museum is likely to open in December for which the college administration could even charge a fee.

    The Officer on Special Duty to the former president has, however, clarified that the select 150 objects that she received as President are on a loan and can be taken back by the President's estate anytime.

    Constitutional experts, however, find this entire exercise by the former president a little out of convention.

    Says Sushabh Kashyap, a Constitutional expert, "Gifts received by the President go to the 'tosha khana' and are a property of the State and the people of the country."

    Convention dictates that outgoing presidents do not take anything with them.

    This is not the first time the former president has courted a controversy. Earlier, after a growing public outrage over "grabbing defence land" for a post-retirement home, she was forced to surrender land allotted for her new home in Pune and now her latest attempt to carry her legacy quite literally to her hometown has raised many eyebrows.
     
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    Patil takes away expensive gifts she received as President


    well she has the right to take away her gifts,wats wrong in it
     
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    yeah ...... it also seats a bad president !
     
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    pranabda will be happy and will estimating things he can take home
     
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    Good for her.

    Maybe she has forgotten the money limit of what gifts she can take home and what gifts belong to the Govt.

    But then she has very little to show for moral conscience and the country is happy that she goes.

    She can take the building of Rashtrapati Bhavan if she wishes.


    Let the cook of the Gandhi family as claimed by the Rajasthan Minister and not refuted, GO and go fast.
     
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    Minister set to lose job over anti-President Patil remark - Indian Express

    Does Pratibha Patel cook for Gandhi family?

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    When she can billed 200 cr to nation tax payers money anf her husband and son involed in curroption and land grabbing .. than its a not a big issue .........:cool2:.. after all whne RTL (Right to Loot ) its mendetory for politicatins ... :sad:
     

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