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Mizoram CM gets clean chit in Graft Case
Published on 1 Mar. 2010 12:27 AM IST
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: The special judge of a District and Sessions Court has acquitted Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla of all the charges of corruption brought against him in a Graft Case. The Graft Case, which had dragged on for more than ten years, was finally closed by the judge T Saikunga on February 26. The judge aquitted Mr Thanhawala of all the charges against him on the ground that there was no clear evidence against the four-time chief minister. The Graft Case against the chief minister evolved in 1996 when two social workers - Rev Zairema (who died in 2009) and Bualhranga filed a Public Interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court, seeking an order for investigating the allegations of corruption against Thanhawla. They raised allegations based on raids by Income Tax officials on the establishments of some businessmen in Aizawl, Silchar, Guwahati and Kolkata on September 13, 1995. They had alleged that in the raids the officials found evidence that the chief minister and a Union Minister were swindling public money in connivance with wealthy businessmen, reported UNI. Jodhraj Baid, a businessman and Pushpa Sharma, former accountant of Baid, were the co-accused in the case. Thanhawla was accused of amassing wealth of about Rs two crore disproportionate to his known sources of income when he was the chief minister for two consecutive terms since 1989. Reacting to the court’s decision, Thanhawla said he was thankful to God. Expressing his gratitude to the judiciary system, he said, ‘’I am indeed very pleased that justice has been done.’’

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