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Now Cong too seeks a probe in secret funding of Gulam Hassan Mir

Ghulam Hassan Mir has said the allegations are baseless.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: March 14, 2014 3:38:19 pm

The Congress on Saturday demanded a probe into the alleged secret funding of Jammu and Kashmir minister Ghulam Hassan Mir by the Technical Services Division (TSD) to destabilise the Omar Abdullah government.  

“I don’t have much knowledge about this. But without wasting any time,the government should order a probe,” J&K Congress president Saifuddin Soz said.

Mir must,however,get a chance to defend himself,Soz said. “We live in a democratic set-up. Mir has already said that the allegations are baseless,so he should be given a chance to explain.”

Mir,who has switched parties several times over the last three decades,is agriculture minister on the Congress quota in Omar Abdullah’s coalition government. The National Conference has demanded that he step down.

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad,who was in Srinagar on Saturday,also sought a probe,but appeared to suggest that the findings of the Army inquiry were not entirely reliable. “It needs to be probed,” Azad said.

Asked why the findings of an Army Board of Officers inquiry headed by one of the country’s top generals needed to be probed again,the minister said the findings could not be relied upon because “there are groups” in the Army.

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