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CBI, PC give clean chit

New Delhi, July 28
The CBI today conveyed to the Speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s name did not figure in any of the chargesheets filed in the 2006 sex scandal, an allegation on which he chose to resign.

Sources said the agency had officially clarified to the Assembly that it had filed nine chargesheets in the case involving 17 persons. The name of Omar was not there, they said.

“The CBI has sent its report to the Ministry of Home Affairs and to the Speaker in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly. It is for them to issue further information or clarification in this regard since Parliament is in session,” a CBI spokesman said.

Omar’s name never figured in the 2006 sex scandal in which two ministers of the then PDP government were arrested, sources added.

While the list of accused questioned by the CBI had 37 names, PDP leader Muzzafar Hussain Beigh today claimed in the state Assembly that Omar’s name was at serial number 102.

A senior CBI official, who probed the scandal on the directions of the state high court, said a list was prepared and circulated in 2006 by people having vested interest in targeting political opponents.

The CBI had arrested GA Mir and Raman Mattoo, both ministers in the then PDP-Congress government, besides Iqbal Khandey, former Principal Secretary to the then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.

Meanwhile, Home Minister P Chidambaram also said here today that the name of Omar Abdullah did not figure in the chargesheet filed by the CBI in the infamous sex scandal.

An FIR was registered on March 14, 2006, in connection with the case, he said. “The CBI investigated the case and filed chargesheet against 17 accused. The case is now before the District and Sessions Court, Chandigarh. The CBI has concluded the investigation. Omar Abdullah’s name does not figure in the list of accused,” he told reporters when asked to comment on the issue. — PTI



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