Payoff case: Anti-corruption court reserves orders till Nov 1
An anti-corruption court today reserved its orders till November 1 on an application by the son of NC worker Syed Mohammad Yousuf, who allegedly died in police custody, seeking a CBI probe into graft allegations against Union minister Farooq Abdullah.india Updated: Oct 29, 2011 14:12 IST
An anti-corruption court on Saturday reserved its orders till November 1 on an application by the son of NC worker Syed Mohammad Yousuf, who allegedly died in police custody, seeking a CBI probe into graft allegations against Union minister Farooq Abdullah.
Talib Yousuf's counsel Mushtaq Ahmad Dar concluded his two-day long arguments pleading that CBI must investigate the allegations of corruption made by Abdul Salam Reshi following the death of the National Conference worker on September 30.
Judge MY Akhoon, after hearing the arguments of the counsel for the applicant, reserved the orders till Tuesday.
After the alleged custodial death of Yousuf, which sparked a major political row in the state, Reshi had alleged that Yousuf had taken Rs 34 lakh from him and Rs 84 lakh from another NC worker Mohammad Yousuf Bhat for getting them berths in the state legislative council.
Dar on Friday had argued that since Abdullah's name had figured in Reshi's statement, the CBI can investigate the case without seeking consent of the state government or sanction for prosecution from the Centre.
Abdullah has rejected allegations of "political payoffs".
"The question of sanction will come at the prosecution stage. At this time we are seeking only directions for investigation," Dar said, adding that there was no question of seeking consent from the state government as Abdullah is a public servant at Centre.
However, Dar on Saturday pleaded that if the court did not agree with the plea for a CBI probe, the same could be done by the State Vigilance Organisation or the police station concerned.
"My plea is that a case should be registered and there should be speedy investigations. Any delay can lead to tampering of the evidence or influencing the witnesses in the case," he added.
Abdullah has denied that he or his party were involved in graft and asked the people to await the outcome of the judicial probe into the custodial death.
About allegations levelled by Reshi, he said, "Anyone can mention anybody's name. You cannot stop anyone. This is a democratic country, not an autocratic country."
"Farooq Abdullah has nothing to do with it. Whatever has to come will come in the judicial inquiry. We have nothing to hide. What else you want me to say....? The truth will come out," the NC President said.
First Published: Oct 29, 2011 14:11 IST