In Jammu and Kashmir where cases under Public Safety Act (PSA) are booked against stone pelters, rumor mongers and those indulging in hate campaign on the social networking sites to spread hatred in the society but there is no punishment for those who level serious allegations of sexual exploitation, murder, corruption against the second most powerful head of the government.
More than four days after Kewal Sharma, Additional Public Relations Officer of Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand created ripples in the corridors of power by way of leveling serious allegations of sexual exploitation, planned murder and rampant corruption in departments under his charge but the state government is yet to respond to the adverse media reports following sensational allegations.
Ironically, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who is prompt in his reactions is yet to utter a word or two on the nature of serious allegations against his deputy.
Inaction on the part of the state govt which has not come forward to defend the deputy chief minister by either issuing a corrigendum has also raised many an eyebrows here in the state.Meanwhile, the image of the party in general has taken a beating in the region following these allegations.
While leveling these serious charges against the Omar Abdullah’s deputy in the state government Additional PRO had claimed that he is having incriminating compact disc’s, video clippings and other fool proof evidence in his custody and would share the same with the media.However, even after washing the dirty linen in public he too has not produced the same in the public domain to expose the wrong doings of the congress leader.
Muted silence adopted by Kewal Sharma since Friday evening and his suspicious movements to various places here in the winter capital have now raised suspicions about the possibility of patching up between both the sides.
Though Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand rushed to Delhi immediately after the allegations surfaced to clear his stand before the central party leaders at the same time his well wishers are reportedly in touch with Kewal Sharma to crack the deal.
The role of some people, including govt servants who are regularly interacting with Kewal Sharma through various modes have surfaced in the back channel talks to bail out the congress leader keeping in view the image of the party in the Jammu region.
Interestingly, the law enforcing agencies are yet to take note of the allegations leveled by the state government employee against the deputy Chief Minister. Additional PRO Kewal Sharma is originally an employee of the Forest Department.
Tara Chand,himself, is yet to issue a public statement over the serious allegations leveled against his style of working and sexual exploitation of young girls in his official residence in Srinagar.
Even Pradesh Congress committee Chief Prof Saif Ud Din Soz when asked to comment on the serious allegations leveled against their deputy chief minister told media persons on the sidelines of a party function in Jammu on sunday, “Look Sharma has leveled allegations so the Deputy Chief Minister will reply to him”.
In response to another question, whether the Deputy Chief Minister has been summoned by the party high command to Delhi, will he be asked to resign, JKPCC president stated that he knew nothing on that account.
“I don’t know. He would have gone there for meeting but he has not been summoned.”
When he was further quizzed, “Will he, in the capacity of JKPCC president, order an inquiry to find the truth?
Soz quickly replied,“ Nothing is there in front of me. Sharma has shared all this information with the media so media persons can pose these questions to Tara Chand, he will also reply.” On the other hand state BJP Chief Jugal Kishore and leaders of the Panthers party have demanded a through probe in the matter and voiced their concern over continuation of deputy chief minister on the post amid all these serious charges.But till date he is occupying his chair and no action has followed against anyone.