October 7th, 2011
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Omar refuses to resign

Omar AbdullahSrinagar: The custodial death of a National Conference (NC) worker in Srinagar has inflated into a high strung political controversy and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah has been on the receiving end for the past few days. Thought the PDP, the principle opposition in the state is demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister he has refused to relent.

PDP members who assume that Omar has a role to play in the death of the N C worker, strongly believe that if he continues in the post it would tamper with the investigation process.

“The judge who will be inquiring into the case will not be answerable to my government. Where does the question of influence arise?” Mr. Abdullah, who was responding to questions about the Opposition’s demand, stressed, “It is in my best interest and in that of my government that the truth and only the truth come out.” He would depose before the commission, he said, and answer all queries.

To a question whether a retired judge would head the commission in case the appointment of a sitting judge takes time because of the formalities involved, Mr. Abdullah said the State government had requested the J&K High Court Chief Justice to appoint a Commission of Inquiry.

Rejecting the contention of the People’s Democratic Party that he might “influence” the judicial enquiry into the death of a National Conference worker, Mr. Abdullah said those demanding that he step down were undermining the judiciary.

“Let us not make a mockery of the faith of millions of people in the judiciary,” Mr. Abdullah told journalists here.

The 61-year-old Syed Mohammad Yousuf, died in police custody last Friday, shortly after he was handed over to the Crime Branch following allegations of extortion made against him by other party workers. He had apparently promised them a ministerial post or place in the Legislative Council.




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