Saroori does not resign; goes for Umrah sans clearance

Embroiled in a row over his daughter allegedly using an impersonator for medical exams, Jammu and Kashmir Minister G M Saroori today did not resign despite being asked by Congress.

Last Updated: Aug 25, 2010, 21:54 PM IST

Jammu/New Delhi: Embroiled in a row over his
daughter allegedly using an impersonator for medical exams,
Jammu and Kashmir Minister G M Saroori today did not resign
despite being asked by Congress and left for Jeddah to perform
`umrah` sans any clearance from the External Affairs Ministry.

Saroori, who has been maintaining that he was a victim of
politics in the state, chose to ignore the orders of the party
High Command and did not submit his resignation before leaving
for umrah or mini Haj pilgrimage.

He flew out this morning to Jeddah and his office in
Jammu circulated a statement that he had not been asked by the
party High Command to resign on the issue of impersonation
allegedly involving his daughter.

The Minister had not taken the mandatory "political
clearance" from the MEA as is necessary for any minister to
travel abroad, official sources said.
Saroori arrived in the national capital yesterday from
Srinagar. He was called up by Union Minister Prithviraj Chavan
on three occasions, with the last call informing him that he
should submit his resignation before leaving for umrah.

"The party minister has been asked to resign," Chavan,
who is also the AICC General Secretary in charge of Jammu and
Kashmir, said.

It was alleged that two youth, including a girl, were
appearing in the medical examination for the kin of two
politicians -- Saroori and former minister Ram Pal of the
National Conference, Congress` coalition partner in Jammu and
Kashmir.

Seven alleged impersonators, including a girl, were
apprehended in this connection on August 21.
The state government had already decided to hand over the
probe to the CBI.

Vehemently denying any wrongdoing by his daughter,
Saroori has dubbed it a "misinformation campaign" by vested
interests to tarnish his image.

He claimed his daughter Huma was pursuing her bachelor`s
degree in the Government Women`s College in Jammu, a fact
which was being verified by the police.

Bureau Report

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