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Unfazed Vakil hits back
Says Govt out to cover misdeeds of Taj
KT NEWS SERVICE
SRINAGAR, Jul 20: Unmoved by the Government decision to prosecute him for levelling allegations of corruption against Minister for Public Health Engineering, Taj Mohideen, senior Congress leader Abdul Gani Vakil today accused the Government of ‘political vendetta’ and covering up “misdeeds of Taj.”

“Government’s decision to accord sanction against me is a political vendetta to appease PHE Minister and it is a move to cover up his misdeeds. I seek an inquiry into an illegal occupation of more than 342 kanals of private land by three daughters of the Minister at village Chak-Lalushah (Tawi Island), Jammu. An inquiry should be ordered about milk factory and posh bungalow constructed on the State land at village Chak-lalushah. An inquiry should be ordered why eight tube-wells were established by government in the same land,” Vakil said.

He accused Taj of damaging an image of the party and said the Congress high command has already taken notice of it.

“There is no evidence against me and still sanction was issued. On the other hand the government is sleeping over cases in which State Vigilance Organization (SVO) has sought sanction for prosecution of tainted bureaucrats who are involved in various scams like Gulmarg land scam, JAKFED scam, illegal appointments and irregularities in various departments. They are sleeping over land grabbing cases in which there is nexus between politicians and land mafia,” Congress leader said.

“The sanctioning authority has refused sanction against a sitting Minister who was involved in making 55 illegal appointments in State Legal Services Authority despite the SVO establishing case against him,” he said.

He cited Supreme Court ruling that in all cases of corruption, sanction be accorded within three months and said the government should immediately accord sanction against all those whose files are pending for sanction from years together.

On Thursday Government accorded sanction to prosecute Vakil for levelling “malicious, baseless and defamatory allegations against Taj. The government asked the public prosecutor, Jammu to file a complaint against Vakil under section 500 of the RPC before the Sessions Judge Jammu. The Law Department through SRO-232 issued formal sanction to prosecute Vakil, who was a cabinet minister in Congress-PDP coalition before its downfall in 2008.


News Updated at : Saturday, July 21, 2012
 
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