| GEO World|
| J&K CM Omarís resignation accepted|
| Updated at: 1708 PST, Tuesday, July 28, 2009|
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra Tuesday accepted the resignation of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah after the opposition linked him to a 2006 sex scandal.
Abdullah submitted his resignation to the governor, who asked him to remain in office till a successor is sworn in. Abdullah became the chief minister of the National Conference-Congress coalition government in January 2009.
Abdullah formally submitted his resignation to Governor Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here.
"I know it is a false allegation. But I want to resign till I am cleared of this false allegation. I cannot work till I am proved innocent. It is a blot on my character. Any amount of investigation by the home department will not help. Till I am able to prove my innocence, I am going to give my resignation to the Governor," Abdullah had told the State Assembly earlier in the day.
National Conference MLAs and Ministers attempted to restrain him from going out and prevent him from meeting Governor N. N. Vohra.
PDP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Beig levelled the allegation that Abdullah was involved in the infamous Srinagar sex scandal.
Beig said that he had list of names who were involved in the scandal and Abdullah''s name is listed as number 102.
The Kashmir sex scandal surfaced in October last year, leaving the public in the State shellshocked. Three senior politicians including a Cabinet Minister, favoured women in exchange for sex favours.