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Police scam: Former top cops in Mizoram nabbed
Published on 22 Dec. 2009 11:58 PM IST
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Former Mizoram DGP Tumsanga, along with Ex-Additional SP (Ministerial) Tlangkunga, was today arrested by the state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in connection with the alleged misappropriation of police modernisation fund. “The former DGP and additional SP have been produced before the court of chief judicial magistrate in Aizawl and were later released on interim bail,” ACB sources said. Earlier this year, acting on a PIL filed by Mizoram-based anti-corruption watchdog ‘Prism’, Gauhati High Court ordered the Mizoram Chief Secretary to constitute an inquiry commission to probe into the alleged fund misuse. “In June this year, the chief secretary constituted a team headed by him. After completing its inquiry, the team handed it over to the ACB to register a criminal case,” Prism president Vanlalruata said. According to the Prisms PIL submitted to the high court on December 14, 2006, the state government purchased different items at a total cost of Rs 19,34,03,833 from 2001-2005 under the Centrally-sponsored scheme. The ‘Prism’ alleged that several items were purchased at extra-ordinarily high prices, violating the state government guidelines and bypassing the state purchase advisory board. It may be mentioned that the CAG Report for the fiscal ending March 31, 2007, strongly criticised the ”mismanagement” of funds by the Mizoram government under the police modernisation scheme. ”The scheme was plagued by the non-release of matching share by the state government. The department failed to utilise the available funds efficiently and effectively,” the CAG observed. According to the CAG, the Mizoram Home Department had failed to attain all the objectives mainly due to improper fund management, failure in focussing on the priority areas of the scheme, irrational deployment of vehicles, and inadequate training to police personnel. Absence of internal control as well as internal audit and lack of proper monitoring also contributed significantly to poor implementation of the scheme, the CAG observed. ‘Prism’ president said they had submitted the PIL to the High Court quoting the CAG report, which he believed strengthened the petition.

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