Assembly adopts resolution seeking probe into VK Singh revelations

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Jammu and Kashmir state Legislative assembly Monday evening adopted a unanimous resolution seeking a time bound inquiry into the revelations made by the former army chief retired General VK Singh last month about the army funding to J&K ministers.

The house was unanimous that the revelations should by probed so that “dignity of the house is restored.”

Speaker, Mubarak Gul reserved his ruling about the privilege motion against Singh saying “The house has adopted the resolution however I reserve my decision about the motion”.

A privilege motion against Singh was moved by both ruling and opposition parties some days back.

Pertinently Singh had revealed a number of things about the J&K ministers after a defence ministry report was leaked. He had said that J&K ministers are being funded by army since 1947. He had named Ghulam Hassan Mir, state agriculture minister, alleging he had received Rs 1.19 crores from army.

Earlier the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah revealed that he has already written a letter to the Prime minister, Manmohan Singh and stressed upon him to probe the issue because “the allegations have damaged the credibility of mainstream politicians of Jammu and Kashmir.

Omar said that he has a sought complete inquiry of the matter. “I have written to the Prime Minister and demanded an inquiry,” he said while quoting excerpts from his letter.

Stating that VK Singh’s statement has shattered the respect of all the mainstream politicians, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday said “We can’t ignore the statement of VK Singh in which he said that J&K ministers are being paid right from independence.”

Omar was concluding the discussion on VK Singh’s revelations initiated earlier in the legislative assembly.

Omar said that he has not sought  any explanations from his cabinet colleague Ghulam Hassan Mir, about the issue. “I did not ask because I know that no government can be toppled by mere 1.19 crore rupees,” Omar said, adding “Mir has to answer to his voters.”

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