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CBI names MP, Dy Dir(Ind), 2 NSCN men in VRS scam
Published on 9 May. 2009 12:23 AM IST
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In a major corruption case which is also a major cuff to the ruling DAN coalition government, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has chargesheeted, H. Khekiho Zhimomi, a Rajya Sabha member along with Naga militants in Nagaland Sugar Mill scam. Earlier, on a directive of the Gauhati High Court, Kohima bench, the Vigilance Commissioner, had conducted a probe after which a report was submitted to the court on June 5, 2007. However, finding the Vigilance department’s report unsatisfactory, the court on November 11,2007 directed the CBI to conduct another probe on five points. According to NPCC sources, the CBI, earlier on November 14 last sought the prosecution sanction from the Chairman Rajya Sabha in respect of Zhimomi Zhimomi who was also former industries and commerce minister in the state cabinet when the alleged scam took place. However, it was learnt that the prosecution of Khekiho Raja Sabha MP has not been pressed at present. . According to the report of the case by the Gauhati High Court, the CBI has completed all the field investigation including all the areas sought for by the Court, except obtaining prosecution sanction from the state against Deputy Director in Industries and Commerce Department, K. Hokishe Assumi. The CBI has already filed the charge-sheet on March 6 this year in the court of special judge/district and sessions judge Nagaland, Dimapur without sanction order against accused Assumi and others and a copy furnished to the registrar of Gauhati High Court and the Supreme Court of India on December 12, 2007. “In the instant case request was made on November 14, 2008 to the government of Nagaland as such the stipulated period has expired. However the government of Nagaland has neither given the prosecution sanction nor informed of their refusal” the court said. The CBI also asked the state government to clarify as to when it would sanction the prosecution against accused Assumi so as to enable the CBI to take appropriate steps as per law. K L John is the Retainer counsel for CBI. The first Writ Petition was filed by Ramjanam Choudhury and 29 others and the second writ was filed by Umashankar Jadav and 20 others. The petitioners maintained that during April 2004, a sum of Rs. 1,23,03,580.00 was released by the directorate of industries and commerce, towards the payment of supplementary additional bill of seasonal staff retaining, return TA, bonus 95-06 to the ex-seasonal employees of Nagaland Sugar mill company. “The actual employees however did not receive the payment but in APR I was shown to have paid and received by the employees” the CBI said. After completion of the investigation, the CBI then filed chargesheet against - deputy director Industries, K. Hokishe Assumi; Rajya Sabha MP H. Khekiho Zhimomi and members of the NSCN- Azheto and Visheto . H C Nath SP, CBI, ACB, Guwahati said the CBI had asked that the Gauhati High Court on March 13,2009 to grant two more months to receive the reply from the government of Nagaland. He said also prayed the court issue notice to the Nagaland government on the stand taken by them as to whether they would give or refuse sanction for prosecution against Hokishe Assumi. The CBI also called on chief secretary and other senior officers to expedite their decision regarding sanction of prosecution. Meanwhile, Congress has reacted to the CBI chargesheet filed against the Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho Zhimomi and Deputy Director K.Hokishe Assumi and demanded immediate sanctions for prosecution against them. NPCC through its vice president, Ayangba Ao demanded the state government sanction prosecution of all the named accused so that justice could be delivered to the people. The Congress said because some of the accused involved happened to be militants, the cases cannot be hushed at the cost of innocent and needy Naga people. The Congress also accused the state government of making all efforts to hush up the matter.

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