JKCA scam: JK legislative council adjourned

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 16:05

Jammu: Pandemonium broke out on Tuesday in Jammu
and Kashmir Legislative Council over the issue of alleged
multi-crore scam in Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association,
forcing the Chairman to adjourned the House for the day.

As the House proceedings began, National Conference MLC
legislator Devender Rana and asked the Chairman for his
decision on the Privilege Motion against PDP Member Murtaza
Khan for levelling allegations against Union Minister Farooq
Abdullah in connection with the alleged scam.

Farooq Abdullah cannot defend himself because he is not
the member of this House and no comment can be made against
him as he is not present in the House to defend, he said.
Union Minister Farooq Abdullah had yesterday rejected as
unfortunate the allegations of his involvement in the
multi-crore JKCA scam.

"I have not taken a penny in any form from JKCA. There is
no question of any money being bungled. The tarnishing of my
image is unfortunate," Farooq, who heads the JKCA, had told
reporters in Delhi, breaking his silence on the allegations
that there was bungling of funds received by the state cricket
body from the BCCI.

As Rana continuously pressed for the directions from the
Chair, other NC members also joined him which led to protests
and sloganeering against PDP for their anti-Farooq comments.
Meanwhile, PDP members led by Khan also stood up from the
opposition benches and resorted to sloganeering.

In the wake of the pandemonium, Legislative Council
Chairman Amrit Malhotra adjourned the House for half-an-hour.

When the Council assembled again, NC members led by Rana
trooped into the well and sought decision on the privilege
motion and said Opposition cannot tell lies and target them.

"I have moved a privilege motion, which is in front of
you. You have to take a decision on it," Rana said.
Malhotra said he will take a decision on the motion only
after examining it.

On this, Rana said, "It is a breach of privilege. You
have to take a call on it...please admit the motion."
The Chairman replied, "There is a rule and procedure...I
will study it and will convey the decision tomorrow."

On this, NC members resorted to sloganeering and protests
which was followed by PDP members resulting in pandemonium.

Later, the Chairman adjourned the Council for the day.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 16:05
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