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December 8th, 2012

Taj charged for contempt of SAC: Robkar framed

STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: Upholding the dignity the Commission, the State Accountability Commission ( SAC) on Friday framed  Robkar against  a minister in the Omar Abdullah led Coalition Government  on charges of showing disrespect to SAC by making a false statement on its functioning.
For the act of the Minister for Public Health Engineering, Irrigation and Flood Control,  the  SAC  comprising Justice YP Nargotra (Retd), Chairperson and Justice Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain (Retd) Member,  framed Robkar against Taj Mohi-ud-Din  and also directed him to  appear in person on the next date of hearing to show cause as to why proceedings for contempt of SAC in terms of Section 20 of J and K Accountability Commi-ssion Act may not be initiated against him.
While issuing contempt notice, the SAC observed that “the official document revealed that the land grab allegations, against Taj Mohi-ud-Din being probed and the organisation is yet to arrive at a  final conclusion. Taj had  issued a hand-out claiming that SAC  in September 2005 and Vigilance Organisation Kashmir in 2011 had conveyed to the government that there was no forest land grab.”
The SAC on noticing the news item appearing on 28th November, 2012 in a local English daily referring to a statement purported to have been made by Taj Mohi-ud-Din, asked the Deputy Registrar Srinagar and Assistant Registrar Jammu to verify the factual correctness of the statement.
The Deputy Registrar Srinagar and Assistant Registrar Jammu reported that the relevant records for month of September, 2005 available in the Commission office at Srinagar were  checked and consequent upon the checking of  records, no matter pertaining to the issue of forest land grabbing by Taj Mohi-ud-Din was found to have been disposed off by the Commission at its Srinagar Wing in September, 2005.
As per directions, disposal of the cases during September, 2005 were searched out and it was found that only two cases were disposed of  by then Chairman Justice (Retd) R.P Sethi during 2005.
It was further submitted that no case regarding involvement of Taj Mohi-ud-Din was disposed of during September, 2005 by the SAC at Jammu.
After considering the reports of Deputy Registrar and Assistant Registrar, State Accountability Commission took serious note of the statement issued by Taj Mohi-ud-Din and directed framing of Robkar and issued notice to the  Minister for Public Health Engineering, Irrigation and Flood Control to appear in person on the next date of hearing to show cause as to why proceedings for contempt of the Commission may not be initiated against him.

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