PHE minister Taj Mohi-ud-din who had earlier claimed of getting clean chit from the State Accountability Commission for allegedly grabbing forest land in Sadow, district Shopian, appeared before the Commission on Monday and pleaded that he had not issued any such statement.
The Commission reserved its judgment till Dec 24.
Taj, against whom the chairman of the upper House had constituted committee in the alleged land scam, which though wad dissolved on Nov 12, had issued a press note claiming of having received clean chit both from the SAC and also vigilance organization.
SAC taking suo-motto cognizance of the statement of the minister had issued notice to him on Dec 7 to appear in person before it and explain why contempt proceedings can’t be issued against him as it has not issued an chit in this regard.
Taj accompanied by his counsel, Shah Mohammad Chowdhary appeared before the chairperson of the Commssion Retd Justice YP Nargotra and member Justice (retd) Imtiyaz Hussain.
The minister in a letter to the forest minister, Nov 26, had said: : the issue under reference stands looked into by the Accountability Commission in the year September, 2005 and probed by Vigilance Organization, Kashmir in the year 2011 conveying that there is no Forest land grabbed.:
The same was issued to the media.
According to Commisssion sources, Taj claimed that he had not issued any such press statement but only demi-order to the forest minister in this regard. The minister, according to sources, claimed that he had only received clean chit from the Vigilance Organisation.
Taj had also said he doesn’t know how the matter was leaked to the press.
The Commission had issued notice after checking records had issued order that after checking records o fhte Sept 2005 available with the Commission on the matter of land grabbing by the Taj Mohi-ud-din had found out to be disposed off.
Taj had also requested the forest minister to to constitute a joint committee of revenue and forest officials to probe into allegations of forest land grab against him.
The minister had objected to the constution of the House Committee, which was dissolved after MLCs of the NC resigned from it.
The upper House chairman Amrit Malhotra, before dissolving the Committee, in a letter to the leader of the House RS Chib had said: “… So far no clearance as claimed by the Taj by the Accountability Commission or Vigilance Commission is concerned, let the minister submit the report or clearance, so that the same are forwarded to the Committee for taking into consideration while enquiring.”