Politicians, Govt servants have amassed huge wealth illegally: Lawmaker


Srinagar: Awami Itehaad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate, Engineer Abdul Rasheed Sheikh on Monday alleged the politicians and government servants serving prestigious postings in civil and police administration have made huge wealth illegally besides grabbing the land at various places, demanding government to investigate their assets.

Addressing a presser here, Er Rasheed appealed politicians and government servants to come clean over the allegations of having disproportionate assets, as often being charged against them.

 “People have every right to know about the known and unknown assets of government servants and public representatives,” he said.

“Some time back a section of Indian TV channels had started a character assassination campaign against me by claiming that I am having assets within and outside state, following which I had written a request to Speaker Legislative Assembly asking for investigating all such allegations. However, when speaker paid no heed to my request I requested state accountability commission to investigate my all assets and other properties. I treat it my moral responsibility to make the orders passed by state accountability commission public through this press conference,” he said.

He said that since State Accountability Commission (SAC) has maintained that it can’t take cognizance of my complaint unless “someone other than me does submit a complaint, I appeal and urge speaker legislative assembly and chief minister to investigate my assets, so that the false propaganda by a section of media against me is investigated”.

Er Rasheed alleged that undoubtedly most of the politicians have made huge wealth and same is the case with government servants serving at prestigious postings in civil and police administration.

He alleged that not only many have made huge assets through illegal means but have grabbed valuable land in city, Gulmarg, Jammu, Pahalgam and other important places.

“Everyone is aware of the fact that allegations leveled against me were politically motivated and I was even dragged to New Delhi along with few separatist leaders. Those who have looted the resources of the state and public money are having a complete blessing from New Delhi and nobody dares to touch these Babus and Neetas,” he said.

“Huriyat leaders must also make their assets public for the reason that people have a lot of respect and faith in them and the propaganda against resistance leadership needs to be countered with facts and figures. If government truly believes in delivering justice to the people and treats itself as custodian of the public property it must get assets of every serving and retired politician and bureaucrat, they are owning within and outside state investigated,” he said.

He said that it would be in the interest of justice to verify the assets of all retired and serving gazetted officers in police and civil administration besides those of ex and present MLA’s, MP’s, MLC’s, Ministers and Chief Ministers.

“Government must consider engaging services of some credible non-governmental organization to the job so that chances of influencing the investigation are minimized,” he said.

Er Rasheed further added that the step won’t only restore the people’s faith in the system but it is sure that huge wealth will go in the kitty of state exchequer as undoubtedly many have looted the state to a horrible extent.



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