x

Like our Facebook Page

   
Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
 
Breaking News :   Guv congratulates 2 police officers for scaling Mount Everest | BJP demands seats for POJK displaced persons | Gunfight rages in Shopian | Man carrying country-made pistol arrested in Jammu | Kami Rita Sherpa climbs Mt Everest for 24th time, creates record again | Hyundai Venue compact SUV launched at a starting price of Rs 6.50 lakh | All Educational Institutions to remain closed in Srinagar tomorrow | Article 370 should not be scrapped, says Nitish Kumar | Assembly elections likely in Jammu and Kashmir after Yatra: Report | ‘Let country elect govt’: SC rebuffs petition for verifying all EVM votes | Karnataka Congress leader lashes out at party for ignoring Muslims, alleges Cabinet portfolios were sold | Allegations of EVM replacement in Uttar Pradesh are baseless, frivolous: EC | Congress mulls action against Navjot Singh Sidhu for comments against Punjab CM Amarinder Singh | Manipulation of EVMs, dubious exit polls another Balakot in the making: Mehbooba | 2 J&K policemen scale Mount Everest | UNSC hails Masood Azhar's designation as global terrorist a notable achievement | Central forces to jointly monitor Srinagar airport | Ujh bridge to become functional soon, locals pleased with speedy completion of project | Fresh spell of rain to commence in Kashmir, Himachal and Utarakhand tomorrow onward | Government Polytechnic celebrates Annual Day | District Level Inter Zonal tournament gets under way | KIDZEE celebrates Red day | Jawahar Public High School felicitates Karate coach, medal winners | Arohi Production holds audition | GHSS Thial organizes debate competition on social media | Inter zonal tournament continues | Govt Polytechnic Jammu introduces Smart Attendance System | SUMMER CAMP commences at APS | Girls of GHS Pouni excels in wrestling competition | De-silt river Tawi before monsoon, demand villagers residing nearby | Art of Living organizes happiness programme | PHE ITI trained, CP & land donor workers association stages protest | No secrecy at secrecy-wing of BOSE | Free health camp organized | Exit polls declare PDP, PC as 'nonentities' | Workshop on IoT organized | Exit polls hinting Modi's return unnerve NC, PDP | Encroachment of state land, nullah goes unabated at New Bus Stand Samba | CEO Kishtwar engages 13 teachers for data punching | When will Rs 3.23 Cr Doda Truck Terminal start operations? | In a first, PDP slams militants for killing party worker | Governor congratulates University of Kashmir for getting NAAC's A+ accreditation | Landher village awaits water filter plant since 2009 | Illicit liquor seized at Udhampur, destroyed on spot | Bhagwat Katha commences at Shiv Mandir Ari | RMCC wins cricket tournament | Police arrested one absconder wanted since 1993 | BKYVS distributes water pots | Suresh Dogra castigates Govt for conducting for incomplete survey on OBCs | MP Manhas reaches Bhaderwah held meetings with Civil Society | Contractors demand clearance of backlog payments by H&UDD | Justice Magrey emphasises on fair practice, dedication, devotion | Turmeric - A Viable Alternative Crop in Monkeys Menace Areas | Kashmir: Political leadership should stand up and be counted | Education and poverty | Situation in Kashmir remains same during Governors rule | Where is ARTO Poonch ? | Where is ARTO Poonch ? | Dates of J&K assembly polls depend on May 23 results | 3 years on, Sewa Chiralla bridge incomplete | Wanton loot of forests at tourist spots in Budgam | Indian Army confirms first surgical strike carried out in September 2016 to avenge Uri garrison attack | Katra solid waste dump pollutes Jhajjar rivulet, a health hazard: Rana | HC quashes Masrat Alam's PSA | Advisor Ganai to hold public hearing at Jammu on today | Scores of deputations, individuals meet Advisor Skandan at Jammu | Militants attack police station Shopian | Day curfew lifted from violence hit Bhaderwah as situation limps back to normal | Advisor Kumar visits Kupwara, inspects SDH Sogam | JDA holds anti-encroachment drive, 387 kanals retrieved | Shah Faesal pays tributes to Mirwaiz Moulvi Farooq, AG Lone | School bus driver, conductor's bail rejected | Civil traffic resumes on Jammu- Srinagar highway after day-long ban | Dare not try to come anywhere near LoC: Indian Army to Pak | Primary School students protest over water shortage | PHE supplies contaminated water to Mahore | MLC Randhawa meets Governor | Two killed in road accident | Retired police personnel stage protest | JKSPDF holds meeting | ZEO suspended for breach of Model Code of Conduct | Telecom connectivity for Shri Amarnathji Yatra Reviewed | Karvan-e-Aman bus to PoK remains suspended | RKS discuss functioning of health institutions | DC Reasi pays surprise visit to DH, constitutes team to check absenteeism | Injured PDP activist succumbs in SKIMS | Man killed over land dispute in Reasi 5 arrested | Body of missing teacher found in lake | 43 bovines rescued | Traffic Police launches strict against passenger Auto rickshaws | Police seize 43 bottles of country made liquor, arrested bootlegger | Back Issues  
 
news details
Row over 35-A exposes Mehbooba Mufti's deceitful politics
9/12/2018 11:27:09 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Sept 12: Former J&K Chief Minister and president of PDP, Mehbooba Mufti is these days busy dishing out one after another statement and giving interviews on the row over Article 35-A, to salvage whatever little faith and credibility her party has in Kashmir.
Mehbooba insists that her government, despite being in alliance with the BJP, had hired the best available lawyers in the country to defend Article 35-A in the Supreme Court after multiple petitions were filed there by some NGOs affiliated with the RSS challenging the legislation.
The PDP-BJP government had reportedly paid Rs 21.50 lakh to senior advocate Fali Nariman, Rs 8.10 lakh to senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, Rs 10.30 lakh to Rakesh Dwivedi and Rs 4.50 lakh to constitutional lawyer KV Viswanathan per sitting to mount a 'strong' defence of Article 35A in the apex court. That's Rs 44.40 lakh per hearing.
The then Minister for Rural Development, Law and Justice in Jammu and Kashmir, Abdul Haq Khan, had confirmed that the government was "forcefully defending" Article 35A and Article 370. He had said the law department had hired a battery of senior advocates to vigorously pursue the case. "It's more than Rs 44.40 lakh. In fact, this is a nominal fee as these are very senior lawyers," Khan had told a web portal in February this year.
Rs 44 lakh per hearing is by no means a small amount, particularly for a poor state like Jammu and Kashmir, where the salary of government employees is barely managed, that too after the government goes to Delhi with a begging bowl. Since abrogation of Article 35-A is a burning issue, one could however justify the government's spending money to defend it in the apex court.
But what is intriguing is this: Why did the PDP government not hire even a junior lawyer to fight cases against corrupt and 'deadwood' officials in the state administration? Moreover, the appointment of the senior lawyers occurred only after Hurriyat Conference pushed the state government to take the matter seriously, implying that Mehbooba had succumbed to the separatists' pressure. Also ironic is the fact that the then BJP state president Sat Sharma had justified hiring these senior lawyers, saying: "These are big lawyers and have to be paid handsomely. But this Article (35-A) has to go one day."
During the 2014 assembly elections, both BJP and PDP had promised in their election manifestos to whip a crack against corruption if they came into power. And when the PDP-BJP coalition government took over in 2015, its Agenda of Alliance reiterated both parties pledge for zero tolerance towards corruption, as J&K has had gained the unwanted title of 'second corrupt state in India after Bihar.'
After the death of former CM Mufti Sayeed, when Mehbooba took the reigns of the government, a number of corrupt bureaucrats and officials were declared as 'deadwood' and sent on premature retirement. Almost all of these 'deadwood' officials challenged the government decision in the court, and the court in many cases granted stay or asked the government to reinstate these officials.
Mehbooba Mufti government had the option to go to the division bench of the high court, or if required, to the Supreme Court to save the state exchequer from feeding these white elephants for many more years. It did not however challenge even a single case in the court.
"When Mehbooba Mufti dismissed those deadwood officials, it made headline news, while the court order to reinstate the officials was seldom publicised, which proves that Mehbooba was concerned about earning publicity rather than the welfare of the state," said a Srinagar-based newspaper editor who does not want to be named.
"It would have cost the government a few lakh rupees to challenge these deadwood officials in the court by engaging two-three lawyers. Mehbooba did not do so and instead emptied the government coffers to defend 35-A in the apex court. Mehbooba has exposed her politics, it can't be more deceitful," said the editor.
"Her public facade has fallen," he said. "Her politics of deceit and hypocrisy, built over many years, stands exposed."
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
 
 
 
Early Times Android App
STOCK UPDATE
  
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
 
CRICKET UPDATE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
 
 
J&K RELATED WEBSITES
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
JKTDC
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
UTILITY
Train Enquiry
IRCTC
Matavaishnodevi
BSNL
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
PUBLIC INTEREST
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
JK CAMPA
JK GAD
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
EDUCATION
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
JKBOSE
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center
SMVDU