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J&K govt rejects Oppn demand for Omar resignation

Last Updated: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 19:36

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday rejected the opposition PDP`s demand for resignation of Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah over the death of a ruling NC worker
allegedly in police custody, saying a judicial probe has
already been ordered.

The state government`s response came even as the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) decided to move an adjournment motion
in the Legislative Assembly on Monday to discuss the situation
arising out of the mysterious death of the worker.

The decision to move an adjournment motion was taken at
a meeting of the PDP legislature party here, PDP sources said.

Omar on his part refused to comment on the matter saying
a judicial probe had been ordered into the incident.

"No, I won`t be commenting or tweeting about a matter
that has been referred to a judicial inquiry regardless of the
sensationalism," Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Syed Mohammad Yousuf, an NC worker from South Kashmir`s
Anantnag district, died allegedly in police custody after two
fellow party workers had accused him of taking Rs 1.18 crore
from them for getting them berths in the Legislative Council.

Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather told reporters there
was no need for Omar to resign as a judicial inquiry has been
ordered to probe the circumstances leading to Yousuf`s death.

"One cannot ask for resignation after every allegation,"
he said.

Rather was responding to the demand of PDP calling for
resignation of Omar, Minster of State for Home Nasir Aslam
Wani and Union minister Farooq Abdullah over the incident.

Rather said action under law will be taken if anyone is
responsible for the death of Yousuf.

"I want to assure the people that if anyone is
responsible for the death, action will be taken under law
whoever he might be," he added.

The minister appealed to the opposition not to
politicise the matter as the state government has already
requested services of a sitting High Court judge for
conducting a judicial inquiry and finding the truth.

"The intention of the government to find the truth was
evident from the fact that we did not waste any time in
requested the services of a sitting High Court judge."

Rather said the Chief Minister should be appreciated
for prompt action in the case as his name was being dragged
into a corruption case.


First Published: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 19:36
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