Govt to initiate legal proceedings against Vakil
Jammu, Feb 9: The state government has decided to initiate legal action against state Congress leader Abdul Gani Vakil for levelling charges of corruption against his own party colleague PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din.
According to highly placed sources, the decision to initiate legal action was taken after Taj called on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and requested him to initiate legal action against Vakil on behalf of the state.
Sources told Greater Kashmir that PHE Minister today met Chief Minister and his Political Advisor Devender Rana and apprised them about the “media trial launched by Vakil against him”.
He also presented a detailed brief of the allegations levelled against him by Vakil and desired that the state government should initiate legal action against him.
“PHE Minister has sought action by the state government as there are many provisions under law to prosecute a person who levels false and baseless allegations against any minister”, sources close to the minister claimed.
“Taj has sought prosecution of Abdul Gani Vakil under section 198-B of Criminal Procedure Code (Prosecution for defamation against Public Servant in respect of their conduct in the discharge of public functions) and Section 500 and 501 (a) of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC)” sources said.
They further informed that Taj has also communicated to the Congress high command about the conduct of Vakil.
“A detailed reply countering all the allegations one by one, levelled against PHE Minister by Abdul Gani Vakil, was also forwarded to Congress President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi” sources said.
When contacted, Taj, while acknowledging the fact said that he would not personally file a defamation case against Vakil, said, “I have taken up the matter with the Chief Minister and he has assured me of action against Vakil who has levelled malicious and false allegations again me” he said.
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