Asif Iqbal Naik
After remaining quite for over one month since Justice Retired R C Gandhi submitted his report on Kishtwar violence to Jammu and Kashmir government, former minister Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo while breaking his silence denied the allegations leveled against him in Justice Gandhi report. He termed allegations as baseless and politically motivated.
While talking to Kashmir Life, Kichloo said that justice R C Gandhi report is biased and politically motivated, added that “I am as clean as white— I have no role and I was far away from any part of the conspiracy— all allegations leveled against me in the report as was published in media are wrong” Kichloo said.
He said that earlier it was on the bases oft his report that Omar Abdullah re-inducted him as a minister only after he (Gandhi Commission) gives him clean chit in his interim report, added that he wonders how the content of the report change with the change of government in the center.
Without naming BJP, Kichloo said that some communal forces influence the Gandhi Commission report, added that it is a matter of shock for him that Justice Gandhi instead of conducting his own investigation prepared the report on the incomplete investigation conducted by the Special Investigation Team which is presently challengeable before the honorable court.
He further said that instead of declaring him as victim, Justice Gandhi in his report declared him as a “Conspirator”, added that then why the rioters tried to burn him alive inside the Dak Banglow by throwing burning gas cylinder at him. He said that he is ready for any independent probe, added that some vested interest persons in his opponent camp tries mudslinging on him to tarnish his neat and clean image.
“Justice Gandhi in his report did not mention about the powers of any minister— there is no law where minister has the power to issue firing order— it is lying with the magistrate and the security personals including police has to follow the direction of the magistrate and not me” said Kichloo. He said that he had all right to defend himself and said that he is ready for a legal fight as and when he feel victimized for none of his fault added that people of Kishtwar who knows the truth and his contribution towards the public welfare are fully behind him. He said that most of the witnesses deposed against him are either political leaders or the accused facing trail in riots cases.