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Minister in Imran Khan Cabinet quits over probe on former police chief's transfer

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Khan's Cabinet saw the first exit of a who quit to face a probe over his alleged role in the transfer of a former

for Science and Technology Azam Swati was facing a case in the over allegations that he influenced the transfer of former Islamabad of Police

Swati's ouster is the second loss to the government after his on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan was forced to step down in September due alleged corruption.

The government was under pressure from opposition for keeping a minister who was being probed.

Swati told media that he tendered his resignation to to clear his name and defend him without any portfolio or authority.

"To uphold my moral authority, I sent my resignation to the (and told him) that I cannot work under these conditions," Swati said.

The was transferred for not taking telephone calls of Swati after his son registered a case against some slum dwellers for allegedly trespassing into his family's land.

The case was highlighted by media as a blatant interference by the and Swati's fate was almost sealed when took a suo motu cognisance of the case in November.

A preliminary investigation ordered by the top found Swati's family responsible for the quarrel with the poor slum dwellers.

Another probe was launched to investigate his role in the police chief's transfer and misuse of powers.

The judge, during a hearing, threatened to start proceedings against the minister under Article 62 of the Constitution which was used to disqualify former prime minister

Khan won elections on promises to root out corruption.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 20:45 IST