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Mizo official suspended over graft case
AIZAWL, AUG 30
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Published on 30 Aug. 2009 11:39 PM IST
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: Mizoram Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Director C Sangnghina has been suspended by the government to ensure that the probe into the graft case lodged against him is not influenced. The suspension order was issued on Friday along with an order, asking joint director L B Sailo, the senior-most officer in the department, to take charge of the top post. Incidentally, Dr Sailo had earlier challenged the promotion of Dr Sangnghina, who was junior to him in service, to the directors post in the Gauhati High Court, which has ruled in his (Dr Sailo) favour. This has even prompted Dr Sangnghina to allege that ''someone'' in the department had conspired against him to frame him in the corruption case. Meanwhile, the state Anti-Corruption Bureau is seeking police custody for the official arrested in the corruption case on August 22 and was granted interim bail by a first magistrate court on the day itself on health grounds. ''We have pleaded the Special Judge through the public prosecutor to cancel the interim bail,'' an ACB official said here today. The Special Judge was not available on the day of the arrest. Saturdays are holiday in Mizoram - and that was the main reason why the accused was released on bail. As reported earlier, the ACB on August 22 raided the residence of Dr C Sangnghina and his private dairy farm and hatchery farm in Aizawl, acting on an FIR submitted by corruption watchdog Prism (Peoples Right to Information & Development Implementing Society of Mizoram), which alleged large-scale misappropriation of central funds. According to UNI report, the ACB had registered a case under section 13(2) of Prevention of Anti Corruption Act and Section 420 of IPC. Based on the Comptroller and Auditor General of India report, ''Prism'' had alleged that crores of rupees had been misused in the department under the directorship of Dr C Sangnghina. Besides the CAG report, Prism had also obtained bulky documents from the department under the RTI Act to support its allegations.

 
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