Congress Fields ‘Tainted’ Candidate

SRINAGAR: The list of 69 candidates for the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Elections that Congress party released on Friday included the name of a tainted politician who was allegedly involved in infamous sex racket that hit the headlines in 2005.

The name of former Industries and Commerce Minister also figured in the list of accused and he was subsequently arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation from his official Gupkat residence in Srinagar.

Congress party has field tainted politician for the Habba Kadal seat in Srinagar district, against Moti Kaul of the BJP, who is also a Kashmiri Pandit. 

Shamima Firdous of National Conference and Sanjay Saraf of Lok Jana Shakti Party are also contesting from the same constituency that has nearly 20,000 Pandit migrant voters.

CBI had subjected tainted minister along with other Congress candidate for Dooru Constituency to a Test Identification Parade (TIP) before a minor who had alleged the two of raping her. The CBI Special Court in Chandigarh later on acquitted both of them.

A Congress insider said that candidate was preferred by party for being a Kashmiri Pandit. (CNS)

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