Vilification campaign against me for last 2 years: Rather * FM says surprised at notice

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 23: Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather said today that he was surprised at the notice issued to him by the State Accountability Commission (SAC) as neither his Ministry nor he himself figured anywhere in the allotment of contract for making Smart Cards for the Government employees given to his son. Describing the anonymous complaint lodged against him in the SAC as “part of vilification campaign’’ launched against him for last two years, Mr Rather told a press conference that he would quit the politics if any allegation was proved against him. “The allegations that Smart Cards contract was given to my son by me or the Finance Department were absolutely false. It was the Information and Technology (IT) Department, which allotted the work to Jammu and Kashmir Bank. The Bank outsourced the contract. The SAC has itself admitted these facts in the