The People's Democratic Party (PDP), supported by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), on Wednesday walked out of the assembly to protest the transfer of the police officer investigating molestation charges against former health minister Shabir Ahmad Khan.
The speaker said the matter could not be raised in the assembly as it was sub judice, while the government, in its reply, said the transfer was a "routine" one, as the police officer had completed his three-year tenure.
Minister of state for home Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo, in his reply, claimed that the policeman was not the only one transferred.
On Tuesday evening, the government had issued transfer orders of 30 police officials, including the station house officer of Shahid Ganj, Srinagar, where the case against the former health minister was registered on the directions of a local court. Khan had been granted bail by the court.
All MLAs of the principal opposition party PDP, supported by CPM MLA MY Tarigami, Hakeem Yasin and Engineer Abdul Rashid raised the issue when the house assembled on Wednesday, disrupting the question hour.
Asking why the officer was transferred when he was investigating the case "in the right spirit", PDP president Mehbooba Mufti alleged that it seemed that the government wanted to conduct the investigation "in its own" way, as it had already given enough time to Khan to file a bail application in the court.
Rashid asked why Shabir Ahmad Khan was being allowed to sit in the house, while Tarigami said "the court had not asked that credible investigation should not be done", and demanded that the government constitute a committee to investigate the matter.
However, as the Speaker did not allow any discussion, the PDP and other MLAs staged out. However, Rashid, who continued to protest in the house, was marshalled out.
Addressing mediapersons, Mehbooba Mufti said, "With the chief minister involved in a murder case and many other ministers involved in scams, the house has become a 'hall of shame'."
Adding that other assemblies, including Punjab and Tamil Nadu, got their issues resolved, she said the same thing should be done in Jammu and Kashmir too.
"Surprisingly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, who had been quite vocal in the Tarun Tejpal case, are silent on this case, which is similar," she said.
Shabir Khan had attended the assembly for short periods over the last two days, which was protested by Rashid.