Cases pending against 5 former ministers with SAC: CM

Cases pending against 5 former ministers with SAC: CM

Jammu: Seventeen cases are pending with the anti-corruption watchdog State Accountability Commission, including the five former ministers, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti told the House on Friday.
She said these cases were at the preliminary stage of inquiry and their details could not be disclosed because of the provisions of Jammu and Kashmir Accountability Act, 2002.
Inquiry had been closed in one case after the death of former deputy chief minister Mangat Ram Sharma, against whom a complaint had been filed.
However, complaints were pending disposal against former ministers Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed, Manohar Lal Sharma, Suman Lata Bhagat, AG Sofi and Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan.
Notices have been issued to three of them, asking them to file objections regarding recommencement of the cases pending orders of the High Court at Srinagar.
In the complaint against the fourth former minister, the “exercise related to collecting evidence was on.”
Mehbooba said 74 cases have been disposed of by the Commission against MLAs and ministers, which were at the state of preliminary scrutiny, while seven cases have been disposed of after regular enquiry.
She said the “percentage of proved cases, which was 49.50 percent between 2004 and 2008, has increased to 90 percent since 2013 (sic).”

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