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Prosecution stonewalled
Staff Reporter: Dimapur, Apr 12 (NPN):
Published on 13 Apr. 2009 1:12 AM IST
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The probe into the fraudulent withdrawal of a sum of Rs.1,23,03,580 being the amount as Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS)for some 157 ex-seasonal employees of the now defunct Nagaland Sugar Mills appears to have hit a roadblock despite the CBI having filed charge sheets against those involved. The case was filed on the basis of an order passed on November 6,2007 by the Kohima Bench of the Gauhati High Court where some officials of the Industries department and others were found to have been instrumental in the issuance of cheques to unauthorized persons, which were clearly in violation of the existing norms for payment of retirement benefits. Sources said the High Court had directed the CBI to file the charge sheet against four accused persons involved but that the state government has been dragging its feet in sanctioning the prosecutions. The CBI had charge sheeted four persons allegedly involved in the misappropriation which also included two members of one underground outfit. It was also learnt that the CBI had sought the assistance of the Chairman Cease Fire Monitoring Cell to locate two named as accused in the case but they could not be located. The amount was sanctioned by the state government as payment of VRS to 157 employees of the Sugar Mills during 2001, to be released in three installments. While the first two installments were received by the employees, the third amounting to Rs.1,23,03,580 was reportedly issued to some private persons, thereby facilitating misappropriation. All the accused have been charged under section 13(2)R/W 13(1)(D) of the Penal Code Act,1988. The prosecution sanction sought in the month of March 2009 but there has been no response as yet from the trial court of the state , the sources revealed.

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