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Privilege motion against Beigh

india Updated: Jul 29, 2009 23:57 IST
Rashid Ahmad
Rashid Ahmad
Hindustan Times
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The ruling National Conference (NC) moved a privilege motion against People’s Democratic Party (PDP) legislator Muzaffar Hussain Beigh in the assembly on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Beigh had accused J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of being involved in a sex scandal that rocked the state in 2006.

Law Minister Ali Muhammad Sagar told the Speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone that Beigh had made a false accusation against the chief minister and the NC would move a breach of privilege motion against him.

The motion was later moved after the Speaker read out a letter sent by the CBI to the state assembly, saying Omar Abdullah’s name did not figure in the list of 17 persons chargesheeted in the sex scandal.

This enraged PDP members, prominently Mehbooba Mufti, who tore copies of the CBI’s letter. The PDP members alleged that the CBI was covering up the scandal. They demanded a probe into the scam by a judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court or a retired judge of the Supreme Court.

Tempers ran high in some parts of Srinagar too, with agitated NC activists clashing with PDP workers, prompting the police to use teargas shells to disperse the groups.

Omar Abdullah, whose resignation is pending before Governor N N Vohra, did not attend the House on Wednesday. He also stayed away from the chief minister’s office.

Talking to reporters after walking out of the House in the afternoon, Mehbooba said her party was ready to face the privilege motion.

“We will bring every piece of record before the House. People should know everything being done behind the scenes,” she said.

The House did not conduct any business for most of the day as a verbal battle and chaos dominated the proceedings.