‘My credibility was damaged’:
The going has been tough since then for the Abdullah scion. Every
move he makes is under public scrutiny. In an exclusive interview
with Muzaffar Raina of The
Telegraph, Omar acknowledges the period has been difficult and that
his statement in the Shopian case damaged his personal credibility....
a day of dramatic developments, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah today resigned after a senior PDP leader alleged in
the state assembly that he was involved in the 2006 sex scandal, a
charge dismissed by him as false.
An emotional Omar drove to Governor N N Vohra's residence at 3 PM
shortly after announcing in the assembly that he will tender his
resignation and stay out of office till his name is cleared.
In his resignation letter, Omar also asked the Governor to initiate
an enquiry into the allegations levelled against him within a
specified time frame. "I would be grateful if in a time bound manner
you can enquire into the allegations levelled against me at the the
earliest," his political Advisor Davender Rana quoted Omar as
Abdullah formally submitted his resignation to Governor Vohra at the
Raj Bhavan here.
"I know it is a false allegation. But I want to resign till I am
cleared of this false allegation. I cannot work till I am proved
innocent. It is a blot on my character. Any amount of investigation
by the home department will not help. Till I am able to prove my
innocence, I am going to give my resignation to the Governor,"
Abdullah had told the State Assembly earlier in the day.
National Conference MLAs and Ministers attempted to restrain him
from going out and prevent him from meeting Governor N.N. Vohra.
The whole drama began when PDP leader and former Deputy Chief
Minister Muzaffar Beig alleged that Omar was involved in the
infamous Srinagar sex scandal, which was investigated by the CBI.
The scandal surfaced in 2006 when police arrested a woman, Sabina.
During interrogation, she told police that she used to send girls
including minors to politicians
and senior bureaucrats and policemen, triggering a political storm
in the state.
Beig said that he had list of names
who were involved in the scandal and Abdullah''s name is listed as
The Kashmir sex scandal surfaced in
October last year, leaving the public in the State shellshocked.
Three senior politicians including a Cabinet Minister, favoured
women in exchange for sex favours.
Yesterday during the Assembly session
Mehbooba Mufti created the stir on the same issue when she wrenched
the microphone from the podium of the speaker and tried to throw it
over to the speaker.