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CBI plea for prosecution sanction rejected
Correspondent Kohima, May 25 (NPN):
Published on 26 May. 2009 1:31 AM IST
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Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today disclosed that the state government has refused prosecution sanction sought by the CBI against Deputy Director of Industries and Commerce in connection with the Sugar Mill Scam. He said the refusal was because the state had not asked the CBI to probe the case but which was done under the court’s directive. He also admitted that there was slight delay in response from government due to certain reason. Terming the case as “unfortunate”, Rio said the state government felt that the case should be resolved with the aggrieved party in the state. The state Vigilance had probed the case earlier but the aggrieved party were not satisfied and so went to court, he said. Asked if the refusal could invite possible legal repercussion against the state , Rio simply said that “we’ve sent our reply, let’s see”. It may be mentioned that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had charge sheeted Rajya Sabha MP from the state H. Khekiho Zhimomi the then Industries and Commerce Minister of Nagaland along with K. Hokishe Assumi, Deputy Director, Industries and Commerce Department and two other NSCN leaders in the Rs. 1,23,03,580.00 Nagaland Sugar Mill Scam. The CBI also sought prosecution sanction from the state against K. Hokishe Assumi, Deputy Director, Industries and Commerce. Mention may be made that the directorate of industries and commerce had released Rs. 1,23,03,580.00 during April 2004 towards payment of supplementary additional bill of seasonal staff retaining, return TA, bonus for the year 1995-06 to the ex-seasonal employees of Nagaland Sugar mill company. However, the actual employees never received the money and it vanishes in thin air. Earlier, Guahati High Court, Kohima bench directed the Vigilance Commissioner, Nagaland to probe the case for which a report was submitted on June 5, 2007. However, the Court found the report unsatisfactory and on November 11, directed the CBI to re-investigate the case on five points. After completion of the investigation, the CBI in their chargesheet has named K. Hokishe Assumi, H. Khekiho Zhimomi, Azheto member of NSCN and Visheto member of NSCN.

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