January 2008 News

Peerzada’s resignation accepted, also quits as Congress president

15 January 2008
The Daily Excelsior

JAMMU: School Education Minister Peerzada Mohd Sayeed, who happens to be Pradesh Congress president, today resigned from the Ministership and also sent his resignation to AICC (I) chief Sonia Gandhi from PCC (I) presidentship. On the other, police today registered a case against Dr Tabassum, wife of Mr Sayeed for threatening Independent MLA Shoaib Lone’s mother on telephone while a conduit Altaf Noorani, driver of Board of School Education (BOSE), was sent to jail by the court. The case pertaining to corruption given by Mr Lone is being handed over to State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) for investigations. Official sources said, Mr Sayeed handed over his resignation to Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad this morning, which was forward to Governor Lt Gen (Retd) S K Sinha for acceptance. The resignation has been accepted. Mr Azad announced in the Assembly that resignation was taken from Mr Sayeed following charges levelled against the Minister and family. Till inquiry is held and facts come out, he has been removed from the Ministry, he said. 'Trust us on inquiry', he told NC MLAs who wanted to know as to who will hold inquiry into the corruption charges. Mr Sayeed, who represents Kokernag Assembly segment, didn’t turn up in the Assembly today. Meanwhile, sources said, Mr Sayeed has also sent his resignation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, which too is likely to be accepted. Sources said Altaf Noorani, a conduit of the ex-Minister who was driver of the BOSE but had been attached to Peerzada, who had rang up Mr Lone’s mother yesterday from a mobile phone on which Dr Tabassum spoke later, was produced before the court today which sent him to District Jail, Ambphalla in judicial lock-up. Police have also registered a case against Dr Tabassum under Sections 107 and 117 CrPC and produced ‘istgasa’ against her before Ist Class Magistrate to get a warrant issued against her for her arrest. According to sources, the police authorities were likely to write to concerned Department for handing over the case of Rs 40,000 corruption against the Minister to Vigilance Organisation. In his statement to police, Mr Lone has given a written statement narrating details of the money paid by him for approval of ETT courses in a college run by his brother-in-law at Baramulla.

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