Handing Over Giver & Taker Of Bribes Is No Crime: Omar Abdullah6 October 2011
The Economic Times
New Delhi: Demands for the resignation of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah gained momentum after an 'eyewitness' said he had complained to him about activities of the 'fixer' Syed Mohammad Yusuf in July. A beleaguered Abdullah, however, rejected the growing chorus demanding his scalp. 'How is it possible? The judge who will be inquiring the case will not be answerable to my government. Where does the question of influence arise,' Omar Abdullah told newspersons here when asked about the PDP demand. Omar arrived in the Capital earlier in the day to consult senior political leaders and lawyers on the deepening political crisis. 'It is in my and my government's interest that truth should come out,' Omar said, adding, 'I will be deposing before the Commission and answer each and every query.' He alleged that people who were making demands that he resign were undermining judiciary. 'People have lots of faith in the courts. So let us not make a mockery of the faith of millions of people,' Omar added. However, Omar faces a tough task as Mohammed Salaam Reshi, one of the two complainants who claimed to have given Yusuf money for a promised legislative council berth, said he had complained to the CM in July this year, and not on September 29, as reported in the media. Reshi claimed he paid Rs 34 lakh to Yusuf, a National Conference worker, for a legislative council seat. He said Yusuf introduced him to NC patron and Union minister Farooq Abdullah, apart from his son Omar. He, however, demanded his money be returned as the list did not have his name. 'I was introduced to Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah by Yusuf. He came to my residence with the chief minister in a chopper. He also took me to meet Farooq Abdullah at his Jammu residence,' Reshi said in Srinagar. Reshi said his relations with Yusuf turned sour, after he demanded return of his money. 'When I went to meet Omar sahib in July, he made sure I will get back some money. I was given Rs 10 lakh after a month and another Rs 10 lakh later. It was only after Mohammed Bhat of Ganderbal complained that he paid .'85 lakh to Yusuf for a ministerial berth did the Chief Minister decide to confront Yusuf,' he added. As per Reshi, he was summoned to the chief minister's residence and was later joined by and the accused. 'The chief minister confronted Yusuf, who insisted they talk in separate rooms.