National Conference rewarding Taj: PDP

Jammu, Nov 12: Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today accused National Conference (NC) of rewarding Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Taj Mohi-ud-Din “for the support he rendered to the party during the mysterious killing of Haji Yousuf Shah and the multi-crore scam in Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association.”
In the backdrop of dissolution of five-member House Committee, constituted to probe the allegations of land grab by the Minister, PDP, MLC Murtaza Khan said both coalition partners were complimenting each other to cover-up corruption and crimes committed by their ministers.
“Abdullah family is the fountainhead of corruption in Jammu and Kashmir. Omar Abdullah had pressurized two MLCs of NC, Bashir Ahmed Veeri and Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy, to withdraw their names from House Panel. It was only to reward Taj Mohi-ud-Din, who had stood by Omar during Haji Yousuf killing and Omar’s father Farooq Abdullah during JKCA scam”, Khan told media persons.
“Abdullah family was also land-grabber and has encroached upon huge areas of government land across the state”, he alleged adding, “Be it land at Gupkar, 100 kanals of land in Tangmarg or the land on which palatial house is build at Bhatindi, Jammu, the family has openly encroached upon the government land for its personal use”, he alleged.
He further said that on Sunday, Congress MLC Bashir Ahmed Magray, who was also member of the House Committee, had alleged that he was being intimidated by Taj Mohi-ud-Din to withdraw his name from House panel.
“When House Committee was constituted, the minister had said in the Legislative Council that if the allegations against him are proved, he would resign from the Ministry. Truth would have come to fore but he created hindrances, only to halt probe, which points towards the fact that he never wanted the investigation to go ahead”, he said.
“An RTI applicant in Jammu, has alleged that he is being intimidated by the wife of a cabinet minister, to withdraw RTI application in which he has sought information regarding land encroachment by her minister husband”, he said.
He further said that it was very shocking that Revenue Minister had also instructed State Vigilance Organization to withdraw cases against ministers, whose names figured in land encroachment under Roshni Act.
“Such acts of coalition partners are only substantiating the fact that this government is demolishing the anti-graft institutions in the state”, he averred
Khan further said that it was also very painful that three anti-graft institutions, meant for bringing transparency in state, including State Accountability Commission, State Vigilance Organization and Information Commission have been made toothless by government.

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