October 2003 News

More NC leaders to be booked by Vigilance

21 October 2003
The Hindu

Jammu: Maintaining that the crusade against corruption launched by the state vigilance bureau will continue, State Finance and Planning minister, Muzaffar Hussain Beig has said more ministers and leaders in previous Farooq Abdullah government are likely to be booked soon. 'There are fully prepared cases against some ministers and leaders in previous National Conference government for prosecution in corruption cases during the regime of NC,' Beig told reporters in an informal chat yesterday. 'The Bureau has already moved the state Governor for the required permission before prosecuting the leaders,' Beig said but refused to name those likely to be prosecuted. Beig also refuted the charges made by NC president Omar Abdullah that initiation of Vigilance inquiries against NC leaders amounted to witch hunting and political vendetta saying the Bureau was an autonomous body and government could neither direct it nor ask for withdrawing the case against any one. 'NC leaders don't want even investigations against them and are accusing the coalition government of witch-hunting', he said while citing financial implications as the reason for the delay in implementation of the Wazir report, but said the would be implemented as soon as 'financial position permits.' Dismissing Omar Abdullah's challenge to the coalition to dissolve the state Assembly and call for fresh elections, the senior PDP minister claimed it was NC not PDP which refrained from facing the Srinagar civil polls. 'We had already declared election dates but it was NC leaders Mehboob Beig and Abdul Qayoom who approached Mufti sahib seeking postponement of Srinagar municipal polls till end of holy Ramzan' he said adding 'our government is stable and we don't have any reason to ask for dissolution of the Assembly. But we can't stop them from raising such demands'. Elaborating on the delay in commissioning the state accountability commission, the Law Minister explained that since it was seen as being toothless, no judge had so far agreed to head it. However, he said, the state government was in touch with three former judges who are being persuaded to take up the post and two of them have given positive response. Rejecting former finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather's accusation against Mufti government for bringing transfer of property act ordinance, according to which a non-state subjectee can acquire property in J and K, Beig clarified that their was nothing objectionable in the ordinance. 'Unlike previous the Farooq government we did not agree to mortgage salaries of state government employees for a loan for Baghliar power project but got finances from the Centre on the condition that we are not able to return the money, they can take over the project', he explained. - PTI Printer friendly page    Send this article to Friends by E-Mail Other States News: Front Page | National | Southern States | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Advts: Classifieds | Employment | Obituary | News Update


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