SAC now issues notice to J&K Finance Minister

Jammu: The J&K State Accountability Commission (SAC) on Wednesday directed state Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather to appear before the anti-graft body on March 6 in connection with alleged irregularities in grant of contract for preparation of smart cards for Secretariat employees.

SAC panel headed by Chairperson Justice YP Nargotra issued notice to Rather to appear in person or through his counsel before the commission on March 6.

The direction came on a complaint filed by an outfit Yuva Shakti Vikas Mission.

The complaint alleged that Rather facilitated a multi-crore contract to his son for preparation of smart cards for the Secretariat employees in gross violation of "codal formalities".

Taking suo-motu cognisance of case related to allege use of unfair means to help the step-son of Congress Minister Peerzada Mohmmad Sayeed in an exam, the SAC had yesterday issued notice to him and sought the Crime Branch report.

The SAC comprising of Chairman Justice YP Nargotra and Justice Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain asked Peerzada to appear in person or through counsel before Commission.

Terming the appointment of various advisors and chairpersons to various state corporations as "political favouritism", the Commission had on February 17 issued notices to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and others to file their reply.