Makes property details public
SRINAGAR: President Awami Ittihad Party and MLA Langate Abdul Rasheed Sheikh on Thursday said that he would not appear on Indian media shows for one month as a mark of protest “because they have maligned Kashmiris”.
“Indian government and a section of media have started a common campaign of character assassination against the Kashmiri leadership. I am shocked to find a television channel, claiming to be number one, accusing me and Hurriyat leadership of raising huge properties. If that was the case where was the government since 1999 when it was talking with them,” Rasheed told reporters.
He said he is planning to sue these channels for the “false propaganda” in J&K High Court and all other available forums.
“My life is an open book where nothing is hidden. My property is jointly owned by family. I am ready to get the details verified and probed by the agencies from state crime branch to NIA,” he added.
“Maybe I will myself approach crime branch with the request to investigate and probe my property so that it becomes an example and paves a way for the investigation into the huge properties of police officers, bureaucrats and main stream political leader,” he said.
He said that Indian agencies should spare some time from maligning those speaking truth, and investigate those who have raised huge properties from Karnah to Dubai and UK to Switzerland.
Rasheed also divulged details of his income from all sources including the salary of his family members. He said that in addition to this income he and his brother have raised bank loan to the tune of almost 60 lakh rupees. He provided the bank account numbers and said that anybody is free to investigate into the claims.
Rasheed said that he has a small house in Jammu built on five Marlas of land which was purchased even before he became an MLA in 1996.
He said that he has a single story house built on 10 Marlas of land in Srinagar and added “though I am not answerable to any accuser but for my people I solemnly state it keeping Almighty as witness if I own any secret/benami property anywhere”.