28 July : Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah has resigned from his post after a senior PDP leader made a serious allegation that he was involved in last year’s sex scandal.
Earlier in the day, Abdullah said it is a false allegation but he wants to resign till cleared of the allegation.
“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,” he told the State Assembly, a statement that shocked his party MLAs and Ministers.
The MLAs and Ministers physically restrained him from going out telling him not to resign and that the party would not accept it.
He was virtually forced to take his seat by the ruffled members but he got up to shout at them saying “allow me to take this first step”.
The whole drama began when PDP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Beig levelled the allegation that Abduallah was involved in the infamous Srinagar sex scandal.
He claimed he had a list of people involved in the scandal in which Abdullah’s name figured against no 102.
“I have to say with regret, there is the name of Omar Abdullah, son of Farooq Abdullah, in the list. He has lost the moral authority to rule the state. He must resign,” Beig said claiming the scandal has been probed by the CBI.
Meanwhile, the CBI has said that the name of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah never figured in the 2006 sex scandal case in which two ministers of the then PDP regime were arrested.
Quoting a highly-placed CBI source, a news agency correspondent said that the name of the CM had never come up in any way during the probe and that the list of accused questioned by the agency consisted of a little over three dozen people.