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Rio rejects demand for CBI prosecution
Published on 15 Jul. 2009 1:00 AM IST
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Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Monday rejected opposition’s demand for according sanction to CBI to prosecute those who have been charge-sheeted by it in connection with irregularities of a Voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) in the state. Replying to a cut motion on demand for grants by industries department, Rio said since the state vigilance commission was investigating into the irregularities in VRS scheme at defunct sugar mills and showcaused some officials in industries department, the cabinet decided not to accord sanction to the CBI to prosecute the persons against whom charge-sheets were prepared by the agency. He told the house that during the course of implementation of the VRS, some aggrieved employees of the now defunct mills moved the court which directed the CBI to probe the matter. It would not be proper to accord prosecution order to an outside agency when a state agency was probing it, he said. The chief minister said the government had already instructed the industries department to look into the grievances of those employees who did not get the VRS benefit. Moving the cut motion, opposition Congress drew the government’s attention towards various irregularities in the industries department, particularly in implementation of VRS for sugar mills, capital investment subsidy and transport subsidy schemes for which the Centre provided the funds.

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