14 J&K politicians face charges of corruption, misusing power

As many as 14 politicians, including two Congress ministers in the Omar Abdullah-led government and nine former ministers, are facing cases of corruption or misuse of power in Jammu and Kashmir`s defunct SAC.

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2010, 16:09 PM IST

Srinagar: As many as 14 politicians, including two Congress ministers in the Omar Abdullah-led government and nine former ministers, are facing cases of corruption or misuse of power in Jammu and Kashmir`s defunct State Accountability Commission (SAC).

However, they are yet to face the law as eight of them have obtained stay on proceedings from the High Court, while complaints against others are pending as the state Government has not been able to appoint the Chairman and the members of the commission, official sources said.

There are a total of eighteen complaints against them.

Two complaints each have been registered before the
commission against Public Health Engineering Minister Taj
Mohiuddin, Education Minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed (both
from Congress) and former Agriculture Minister and opposition
Peoples` Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Aziz Zargar,
they said.

Other Congress politicians who have complaints pending
against them include former Deputy Chief Minister Mangat Ram
Sharma, his colleague in Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led council of
ministers Suman Lata Bhagat, former ministers Ramesh Kumar and
Abdul Majid Wani, they said.

Among these leaders, only Wani is a member of the
current Legislative Assembly.

Congress Legislature Party leader in the state Assembly
Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam is facing charges of encroaching over
50 hectares of state land in Surankote area of Poonch
district, the sources said.

The other former ministers facing corruption charges in
the SAC include PDP leaders Tariq Hamid Karra and Abdul Gaffar
Sofi, who is a sitting MLA from Homshalibugh, they said.

PTI