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J K Accountability Commission chairman resigns

Written by: Staff

Jammu, May 6 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir State Accountability Commission Chairperson Justice (retd) R P Sethi resigned from his post in protest against alleged interference of the state government in the affairs of commission.

Justice Sethi told mediapersons here today said he had met the Governor Lt General (retd) S K Sinha on Thursday and submitted his resignation.

The commission came under controversy because of the notices it had issued to state Minister of Youth Services and Sports Peerzada Mohammed Syed, on alleged corruption charges and to Chief Secretary Vijay Bakaya for diverting Rs 18 crore out of central security fund for the construction of the compound wall of his private residence.

Justice Sethi was even not happy over the government's move to induct two more members, thus making it a three member commission.

The immediate provocation of his resignation was the government's order that Commission had to shift its office to Srinagar with the darbar moving to the summer capital, which Justice Sethi had termed'' undue interference in the commission's functioning.'' The Accountability Commmision came into existence in June 2005, with an objective of tackling corruption, as promised in the common minimum programme of the Congress- PDP coalition government in the state.


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