Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Omar Abdullah submits resignation over sex scandal

Indian-held Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah resigned on Tuesday over what he called “baseless” allegations of his involvement in a sex scandal. In response, Governor NN Vohra asked Abdullah to continue his duties as chief minister. Vohra said he would not accept the resignation until he had fully investigated the allegations and verified the claims.

Abdullah has been accused by a former finance minister of being party since 2006 to a prostitution racket, which involved 40 women and underage girls whose clients allegedly included politicians, bureaucrats, security officials and businessmen in IHK. The case is being investigated by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation, which has charged several former state ministers and top security officials in the scandal.

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