NPP to move Supreme Court on scrapping of House Committee

‘NC-Cong Coalition Has Always Sided With Corrupt’

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Nov 13: Day after Legislative Council (LC) chairman Amrit Malhotra scrapped the House Committee probing charges of forest land grab against PHE and Irrigation Minister Taj Mohiuddin, National Panthers Party (NPP) MLC Rafiq Shah said the party will challenge Malhotra’s decision in the Supreme Court as the move amounts to “murder of Constitution.”
Addressing mediapersons here, Shah said the State Legislature is supreme. “The House Committee was also supreme and very much within the ambit of constitution,” he said. “But a pressure from all corners, especially from NC and Congress forced the LC chairman to dissolve the House Committee. We believe the decision to bury the committee is murder of Constitution.”
Shah said the party will consult top lawyers of the country to challenge the LC chairman’s decision regarding dissolution of the committee. “It was not only undemocratic and unconstitutional move but a step to shield the corrupt,” he said. “The move has proved that whenever NC and Congress are in coalition; they promoted the corruption and sided with those involved in the menace for political benefits.”
Shah said his question in the Upper House was simple as to whether any minister (ruling or former) was involved in the forest land grab. “But dissolving the House Committee has once again made it clear that nobody cares about the issues related to public importance. We believe ever since 1947, the sentiments of people are being murdered, their issues buried and those involved never punished and instead offered coveted posts.”
He said NC is involved in forcing LC chairman to dissolve the House Committee and that it becomes the moral responsibility of the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to resign. On whether NPP would drag the PHE Minister to court, Shah said the party will challenge the decision regarding dissolution of House Committee. “LC chairman wanted a thorough probe into the allegations of land grab. He had no malafide intention. But unfortunately, pressure was mounted on him from NC and the Congress camps forcing him to dissolve the Committee.” He said the Committee can’t be dissolved until it submits its report. “This has never happened in the history of J&K that a Committee was dissolved to shield a Minister,” Shah said.
To a query that the PHE Minister had stated that three probes were already conducted into the allegations of land grab case but nothing was found against him, Shah said in March, 2012, a judge in the anti-corruption court directed State Vigilance Organization to probe land grab case against the PHE Minister, but the move was stayed. “The Minister has also grabbed land measuring 345 kanals in Jammu and the case is pending in State Accountability Commission (SAC). He (Taj) has managed stay on the proceedings and the height of the thing is that his lawyer is not presenting himself before the court since last three years,” Shah alleged.
He said the people of Sedow, Shopian had approached him complaining about forest land grab in the area after which he listed the question in the business of LC in the recently concluded Autumn session. “The locals told us if a Minister can construct a hut on the forest land, why they are being slapped with Public Safety Act (PSA) if they cut the firewood, needed for the winter,” the NPP legislator said. “The law should be same for a common man as well as for the Minister.”

Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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