Crime Branch questions former PDP minister

Crime Branch questions former PDP minister
File pic of Naeem Akhtar

The Jammu and Kashmir Crime Branch has questioned PDP leader Naeem Akhtar over alleged irregularities committed during his tenure as public works minister in allotment of contracts for the J-K Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC), officials said Sunday.

  The former ministerhas, however, denied any wrongdoing and said he has cooperated with policeofficials.

"I am sure that truth will prevail. I have done nothingwrong and all due processes were followed," Akhtar told PTI here.

The officials said Akhtar was questioned at his residenceabout giving out work at JKPCC to a specific set of contractors and making someappointments without following the due process.

The questioning revolved around JKPCC work, constructionwork at the Islamic University in south Kashmir and allotment of work forsetting up the AIIMS in south Kashmir, they said.

It is alleged that the contracts were given to such peoplewho had no experience in construction work and had floated companies barely afew days before the tendering process was initiated, the officials said.

The investigation was also into the air-conditioning work ofthe health department, they said."I have answered all the questions andclarified the matter. I am sure that the matter is sorted out. I have fullfaith in judiciary," PDP leader Akhtar.

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