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No CBI probe on road scam: DAN
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 27 (NPN)
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Published on 28 Mar. 2010 1:19 AM IST
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Opposition Congress party Saturday demanded that the state government hand over the “Road Scam” case in Road and Bridges department to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The ruling DAN government, however, rejected their demand and stated that the government was capable of handling the case.
Replying to the Congress supplementary, chief minister, Neiphiu Rio said “we have a federal government and we are running our own government and we can’t hand over to CBI.”
Earlier, the leader of opposition Tokheho demanded the case be handed over to CBI. Pointing out the case as serious one, congress MLA I. Imkong wondered how an official could amass several crores and demanded necessary action against the erring official. He said that the Action Taken Report (ATR) was not sufficient and demanded the case be handed over to CBI.
In his written reply to Congress MLA, S. I. Jamir, minister for road and bridges G. Kaito Aye said that the directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption of the state vigilance commission has completed its investigations on the recovery of Rs.2.75 crores (Cash) by vigilance officials in the private residence of Chief Engineer (R &B) NPWD.
When the Congress MLA sought to know as to what happened to the cash recovered, the minister replied that the Chief Engineer (R &B) filed a petition in the court of Deputy Commissioner, Vigilance Kohima on 5-5-2009 for release of Rs.2.07 crores and other documents. He said that the DC Vigilance in his judgment order dated 5-5-2009 had directed the investigating agency to release the seized money of the petitioner. The seized money was released on 11-05-2009. The minister also informed that action against two officers has been taken.
Earlier, in reply to starred questioned of Congress MLA S. I. Jamir, minister for Road and Bridges G.Kaito Aye said that that the directorate of the state vigilance has completed its investigation with regard to fraudulent drawal of Rs.24 crores on constriction of Agri -link roads in Mokokchung district.
The minister also disclosed that Metongmeren Ao (IAS) (rtd) was the Vigilance Commissioner during the investigation. Further, he stated that penalty has been imposed on two of the erring officers.

 
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