3. According to the Petitioner, at the time of filing the nominationpapers as a candidate for the Presidential elections, the Respondent heldthe Office of Chairman of the Council of Indian Statistical Institute,Calcutta, hereinafter referred to as the “Institute”, which, according tohim, was an office of profit. It appears that at the time of scrutiny of the nomination papers on 2nd July, 2012, an objection to that effect hadbeen raised before the Returning Officer by the Petitioner's authorizedrepresentative, who urged that the nomination papers of the Respondent wereliable to be rejected. In response to the said submission, therepresentative of the Respondent sought two days' time to file a replyto the objections raised by the Petitioner. Thereafter, on 3rd July,2012, a written reply was submitted on behalf of the Respondent to theobjections raised by the Petitioner before the Returning Officer, alongwith a copy of a resignation letter dated 20th June, 2012, whereby theRespondent claimed to have resigned from the Chairmanship of the Institute.A reply was also filed on behalf of the Respondent to the objectionsraised by Shri Charan Lal Sahu. The matter was, thereafter, considered bythe Returning Officer at the time of scrutiny of the nomination papers on3rd July, 2012, when the Petitioner's representative even questioned thegenuineness of the resignation letter submitted by the Respondent to thePresident of the Council of the Institute, Prof. M.G.K. Menon.4. Having considered the submissions made on behalf of the parties, theReturning Officer, by his order dated 3rd July, 2012, rejected thePetitioner's objections as well as the objections raised by Shri Charan LalSahu, and accepted the Respondent's nomination papers. Accordingly, on3rd July, 2012, the Petitioner and the Respondent were declared to be theonly two duly nominated candidates for the Presidential election.