PDP takes on Omar over corruption issues in J&K

Last Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 00:35

Jammu: Opposition PDP on Wednesday hit out at Omar Abdullah over anti-corruption "law arsenal" being implemented in Jammu and Kashmir, saying the government`s reluctance to investigate death of NC member Haji Yusuf in "highly dubious circumstances" is contrary to the Chief Minister`s claims.

"The people who should have been in jail elsewhere in the country like A Raja and Kalmadi, in Jammu and Kashmir they are running the government and sermonising against corruption," PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said while addressing a public meeting at Thana Mandi in Rajouri district.

The PDP chief alleged Omar continues to survive with the "taints of Haji Yousuf`s blood" that he reportedly vomited while coming out of Chief Minister`s residence.

Yusuf was arrested on September 28, 2011 for allegedly duping people of money promising them government jobs, MLC seats and ministerial berths, citing his proximity with top NC leadership. He died the next day in police custody.

The PDP chief said that all those ministers, who came into notice for their corrupt practices like promoting interests of their relations, grabbing state land, owning palatial houses in and outside the state even abroad, fake drug scam, PHE scam, continue to be in office.

Mufti claimed the disregard for law in case of the "high and mighty" became obvious in the alleged Cricket scam in which Union Minister Farooq Abdullah, as president of the state Cricket Association, was accused of having drawn cheques from unauthorised accounts.

"While everybody in the world knows the incontrovertible evidence against Dr Abdullah, only the police doesn`t see it because it is controlled by his son," she alleged.

The Omar Abdullah government has enacted rules in a manner that a private person has first to prove a case against a guilty person and only then the Accountability Commission can take note of that, Mufti claimed.

"Is it the private people who have to investigate the cases and find evidence?" she asked.

"The anti-corruption claims by the state government are patently phoney in view of its track-record of protecting the corrupt and systematically disempowering the institutions of transparency, meant to bring about probity in the public life," Mufti said.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had yesterday said his government has equipped the people of the state with required "law arsenal" to wage war against corruption and "nip the evil in the bud".

PTI

First Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 00:35

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