SRINAGAR (Reuters/AFP) - The chief minister of Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, resigned on Tuesday after an opposition lawmaker accused him of involvement in a sex scandal. An angry Abdullah denied the allegation but said he couldnt continue in office until the issue was resolved. The scandal, in which girls, some of them minors, were said to be supplied to politicians, bureaucrats, police officials, sparked weeks of violent protests across the Himalayan region in 2006 after it was uncovered. The case is being investigated by Indias Central Bureau of Investigation, which has charged several former state ministers and top security officials over the scandal. During a state assembly session on Tuesday, opposition lawmakers and former finance minister Muzaffer Beigh said Abdullah was one of the accused. After hearing this I will not be able to function as the chief minister, so I have decided to resign, a visibly upset Abdullah said. It is a baseless allegation but I wont be at peace with myself until I am proven innocent, he added, as colleagues in the ruling National Conference party begged him to reverse his decision. Davinder Rana, Abdullahs top aide, said Abdullah had handed his resignation letter to the state governor and had asked for an inquiry into the allegations. The governor later issued a statement asking Abdullah to stay in his post until details of the allegations against him were made clear. Indias state-owned television station Doordarshan said Abdullah had never figured in the CBIs investigations. Hundreds of his supporters took to the streets of Srinagar chanting Long live Omar Abdullah and burning effigies of Beigh - one of his accusers. Abdullah, 39, came to power in state elections last year following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.