Inquiry into 8 cases involving ex-Ministers incomplete: Govt

Jammu and Kashmir State Accountability Commission (SAC) has not finished inquiry into eight cases involving about 100 people including several former ministers even after nearly a decade after some of these cases were registered.
Inquiry into 8 cases involving ex-Ministers incomplete: Govt

Jammu and Kashmir State Accountability Commission (SAC) has not finished inquiry into eight cases involving about 100 people including several former ministers even after nearly a decade after some of these cases were registered.

The Commission, constituted in 2002, has completed inquiry in five cases indicting 11 senior officers in the past 14 years, Law Minister Abdul Haq Khan said in a written reply in the Assembly here.

 However, none of the indicted officers were sentenced as they have approached the state High Court and their writ petitions are pending for over a decade, the government said.

Besides, there are five cases which are at the preliminary inquiry or scrutiny stage, the particulars of which cannot be disclosed in terms of various sections of the Accountability Act, the government said. Khan said the eight cases were still at the "regular stage of inquiry".

The former ministers who are facing inquiries in the SAC include former Congress minister Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed, Taj Mohiuddin, Manohar Lal Sharma and Mangat Ram Sharma who switched to PDP prior to the Assembly polls in 2014.

 Other politicians facing inquiry include former PDP minister A G Sofi and former minister of National Conference Chowdhary Muhammad Ramzan, the government said.

Among the bureaucrats-turned-politicians, PDP's Asgar Ali (former director Rural Development Department) and Mehboob Iqbal (former Secretary Rural Development) and Congress leader Sayeed are among 54 people facing regular inquiry in a case registered in 2005, it said. 

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