Chib comes to Taj’s rescue

Urges LC Chairman To Quash Panel Probing Charges Against

UNION IS STRENGTH?

UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Nov 8: Coming to the rescue of his beleaguered Cabinet colleague, Leader of the Upper House and Medical Education Minister RS Chib has written a letter to LC Chairman Amrit Malhotra to quash the House panel probing allegations against the Minister for PHE and Flood Control Taj Mohiuddin.
The panel is looking into the allegations of forest land grab against Taj after Panthers Party legislator Syed Rafiq Shah raised the issue in the Upper House last month.
Taj has failed to get the probe against him stopped despite his repeated communications to the Speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone and LC Chairman during the past two weeks.
According to sources, Chib has raised many legal points in the letter. The Minister has stated that he as well as the Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Muhammad Sagar, had objected to the constitution of the panel in Upper House when the issue was discussed there on October 11. On that day, allegations of forest land grab were leveled against Taj by Syed Rafiq Shah. Shah had displayed documents of Revenue and Forest departments in support of his claim. But Taj had termed the allegations baseless and said he would quit from council of ministers if the same were proved.
“The Committee cannot be constituted by the Upper House against the sitting Cabinet minister who happens to be a member of Lower House. Besides, Murtaza and Shah, who had demanded constitution of the panel have been made members of the panel and both have malafide intentions and personal enmity against Taj,” Chib, according to the sources, has written in his communication to LC Chairman.
Chib has pleaded for quashing the panel on the grounds that the House was not taken on board while constituting the five-member committee.
“Normally the inquiry is constituted against the department and not against the Minister and it cannot be constituted outside the House,” Chib has further stated.
When contacted, Chib said that he has requested the LC Chairman to reconsider the decision.
“I am not against the inquiry but I have reservations over the members of the House panel. Murtaza Khan, who has been made the chairman of the House panel had demanded the constitution of the same while Rafiq Shah who has leveled allegations is also among the members,” he said.
Chib said that he has shot the letter to Chairman in his capacity as Leader of the Upper House.
“Neither (Congress) High Command nor PCC has asked me to do the same. My conscience has asked me to request the Chairman to reconsider the decision,” Chib said.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 8 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 8 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 9 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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