Taj heaves sigh of relief

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Nov 12: Heaving a sigh of relief over the dissolution of the House Panel probing charges of alleged land grab by him, PHE Minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din Monday claimed that the case was investigated thrice since 1985. He said none of the three probes found him guilty of land grab and that he was ready to face the probe by any constitutional body.Talking to Greater Kashmir, Minister said the case regarding grabbing of 13 kanals of forest land at Sedow in Shopian district of south Kashmir was first investigated in 1985 by the forest department through its then district forest officer (DFO).
“His report did not find anything against me and instead he made it clear that the land did not belong to forest department,” he said. “Similarly, the case was investigated by State Accountability Commission (SAC) in 2005 and in 2011 by SVO as well. None of the three probes found me guilty of grabbing the forest land.”
He said the reports of all three probes have been submitted to the Speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone. “I am not against the probe, but I was against the panel as it was unconstitutional. The House Committee can probe against the department, not the minister,” Taj said. “Let a constitutional body or for that matter any statutory body probe the case. I will be having no objection,” he said.
Heaving a sigh of relief over the dissolution of House Committee, PHE Minister said the probe panel would have set a precedent to go against any minister, which was “constitutionally wrong.” He said the Chairman of the panel (PDP MLC Murtaza Khan) had sought his (Taj’s) property details, salary statement and even bank statements from the Speaker. “He had also sought my property details from Chief Electoral Officer (CEO),” the Minister said.
On whether he played any role in motivating the legislators and ministers to shoot letters to LC chairman seeking dissolution of House Committee, Taj said he sought no help from any Minister. “They wrote these letters of their own,” he said.  The PHE Minister also accused the House panel of issuing press note a day ahead before meeting.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 12 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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