"Kashmiris are not only chors, but maha chors,” Farooq had allegedly said at a function in Delhi on Sunday over the issue of power theft in the country. (Agencies)
However, the Union Minister denied the reports saying that he never made such comment.
"There is lot of pilferage of power. Many of our people are stealing electricity. But I never said anything like Kashmiris are thieves," he said.
Expressing dismay over the media reports, Farooq said, "I am sad that I was misquoted by the media."
The Union Minister said, "I had said that it is unfortunate that we buy power for nearly 2-3 thousand crores, but we are not able to get that money back because there is a lot of pilferage of power. Many of our people are stealing power."
Farooq said, "Two days ago while speaking on power situation, I had spoken about power pilferage, but I didn't say anything like 'We Kashmiris are maha chor'. Of course, the biggest power operations loss is in Jammu and Kashmir. I have been saying this all the time."
He alleged that since the elections were near, a newspaper tried to create misunderstanding in the minds of the people by publishing this.
On PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti's demand for apology, he said, it was Mufti who should apologise for spreading lies.
PDP members, led by Mufti, on Monday created ruckus in the J&K Assembly and trooped into the well of the house demanding an apology from Farooq.
"Kashmiris are not only chors, but maha chors,” Farooq had allegedly said at a function in Delhi on Sunday over the issue of power theft in the country.