I Was Framed, Says Ex-Health Minister

I Was Framed, Says Ex-Health Minister

6 March 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)


Rajouri: Former Minister of State for Health and Member of Legislative Assembly from Rajouri Shabir Ahmad Khan, who has been accused of molestation, today said he was framed under a “political conspiracy”. During his first visit to Rajouri after getting the bail, Shabir said some of the vested interests in the government, especially in the Health Department, were against him as he had exposed some of the big scams. “An inquiry was launched into the supply of spurious drugs and purchase of material on double rates. Payments were stopped pending inquiries. This irritated the suppliers-officials in the department and they hatched a conspiracy against me,” the former Minister of State for Health said while addressing a rally at the Mini Sports Stadium here. Shabir added that more such scandals will tumble out of the cupboard of the Health Department and appealed to the people to teach a lesson to those who conspired against him. Playing up his humble background and non political lineage, the former minister said: “A political section is against the large scale development under my leadership in Rajouri and Poonch districts. They hatched conspiracy against me to spoil my political career.” “Maximum infrastructure, funds and new health centres were provided by the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in both the districts during my tenure as the Health Minister,” he said. Meanwhile, in an apparent attack on the BJP, the former minister cautioned the people against the elements who were trying to divide the society on communal lines and urged them to work for the victory of the Congress candidate. The legislator added that he had full faith in the judiciary and will soon get justice. He also thanked the people from Rajouri and Poonch for their continued support. “I have no words to thank people of the state, especially from Rajouri and Poonch districts, who extended their support to me during the crisis,” Shabir said. Earlier, Shabir was given a rousing welcome by his supporters and the Congress workers from the district. Congress leaders, including former minister Thakur Pooran Singh, demanded the case to be handed over to the fast court for speedy trial so that the truth may come out before the masses before the elections. They also lambasted the Pradesh Congress Committee leaders for their absence in the rally.