PDP legislators doubt CBI credentials

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah remains absent from Assembly session

PDP President Mehbooba Mufti tears the CBI clean chit on J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s involvement in the 2006 sex scandal, and vociferates for investigation on the third day of Legislative Assembly session, in Srinagar on Wednesday. PTI

“CBI was hushing up the case. We demand a judicial probe into the scandal and the case dairy and the status of CBI investigations be brought into the House,” Mehbooba Mufti, PDP president and legislator demanded. A senior PDP legislator Muzaffar Hussain Beig, who had accused Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of being involved in the sex scandal, said:  “CBI letter to speaker refers to the charge sheeted persons only. It is silent about the list, submitted by CBI to High Court which contained the name of Omar Abdullah at serial number 102.”

Meanwhile, a day after submitting his resignation, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday attended neither his office nor the ongoing assembly session. Jammu & Kashmir Assembly Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone announced that even after his resignation, the council of ministers continued to exist and that continuation of Assembly session was legal.

Chief Minister had submitted his resignation to Governor N N Vohra on Tuesday.
However, Omar had requested the governor to investigate the matter first and accept his resignation if there was any basis in the allegations. Vohra asked the chief minister to continue till he investigated the matter and gave his verdict.

As the assembly session began on Wednesday morning, Omar was not present. Senior BJP leader Chaman Lal Gupta wanted to know from the speaker the status of the present government and assembly session after the chief minister’s resignation.
He viewed that as per legal experts, the council of ministers does not exit and subsequently the assembly session can not continue. But the speaker said after Omar’s resignation he talked to governor who was the constitutional head of the state.
“The governor told me that he had neither accepted nor rejected his resignation and would give his verdict only after examining the matter. The governor also told me that by rules the assembly session was legal,” Lone said.

He added that he got in touch with CBI director who told him that Omar was not involved in the sex scandal. “I had to get in touch with the CBI, which probed the sex scandal, since the PDP MLA had alleged that CBI’s list of the accused persons contained the name of Omar Abdullah at serial number 102,” the speaker said.

Muzaffar Beig tried to speak but was disallowed by the NC legislators from doing so.
The speaker adjourned the House for 15 minutes. The business advisory committee, having representation from all parties, met in speaker’s chamber and decided to run the House smoothly.

Meanwhile, the supporters of the NC allegedly attacked the business establishment of a PDP leader Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari and the residence of Beig. As the assembly met again in the late afternoon, the PDP raised the issue. The speaker directed the state government to safeguard the lives and property of all the Opposition MLAs.
The PDP again demanded that Beig be allowed to speak on sex scandal.

Even as speaker allowed him to speak, the NC legislators did not permit him. Upset over the disruption in proceedings, the MLAs from Jammu demanded dissolution of the assembly and a separate assembly from Jammu.
Finally the PDP MLAs walked out of the House.

DH News Service

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