Kashmir Congress Leader Calls Party Minister Corrupt

Kashmir Congress Leader Calls Party Minister Corrupt

29 January 2012
The Economic Times


Jammu: A Congress leader in Jammu and Kashmir has accused a minister from his own party of being corrupt. Former social welfare minister Abdul Gani Vakil, in a letter to Public Health Engineering Minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din, released Saturday night, alleged there were cases of corruption within the latter's department. Vakil alleged that corruption cases were pending against the minister in the 'State Accountability Commission (SAC) and a land grabbing case' was going on against him in the high court. Vakil, a loyalist of union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, also alleged that 'various scams were surfacing from time to time in the public health engineering and irrigation departments'. A copy of the hard-hitting letter was sent to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. However, Mohi-ud-Din, a confidant of Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmad Patel, called it a conspiracy against him. 'Vakil wanted the transfer of some engineers and other staff in the public health engineering and irrigation departments after having taken bribes from them. I did not oblige him, hence this tirade...He has been trying to blackmail other ministers too,' Mohi-ud-Din told reporters.