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Ex Mizoram minister, associates face graft charges
Published on 19 Jul. 2009 11:19 PM IST
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The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has filed criminal cases against former Mizoram Health Minister R Tlanghmingthanga and others in whose names Rs 10 crore of the health care fund had been invested by the Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company. The court will decide on July 27 whether former Health Minister, his children, their spouses and a few officials associated will be put behind bars in connection with the infamous Mizoram health care scheme fund scam. The ACBs action followed an FIR lodged by a corruption watchdog Peoples Right to Information and Development Implementing Society of Mizoram (PRISM) on April 13. According to UNI report, earlier this year, it was revealed that as much as Rs 10 crore, allocated for the Mizoram Health Care Scheme, had been invested into the insurance company in the names of 17 individuals, 11 of whom were daughters, sons and in-laws of Tlanghmingthanga. The remaining six people were government officials and their wives, including former secretary to Chief Minister Zoramthanga and Health Commissioner J C Ramthanga and Mizoram Health Care Society Chief Executive Officer Sangzuala Pachuau. In response to queries that why the name of former chief minister and MSHCS chairman Zoramthanga failed to figure, PRISM has urged the ACB to have a second look into its FIR. Hinting that Zoramthangas name was included in the FIR, PRISM president Vanlalruata said here today, “They (the ACB) are expected to file a case against those who were involved in the case.’’ According to an ACB source, there were a few names mentioned in the FIR whose names, however, had not been used for the investment. The court of special judge (Prevention of Corruption Act) T Sangkunga will hold a hearing on the case on July 27 here. According to the allegations, Tlanghmingthanga had strongly recommended that the money be invested in the Bajaj Allianz against earlier proposal of the officials. This was given a go-ahead by Chief Minister Zoramthanga before the state Assembly elections in December 2008. Incidentally, the Aizawl division of the Bajaj Allianz LIC is co-managed by one of Tlanghmingthangas daughters.

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