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ATAN asked to clarify
Published on 14 May. 2010 1:08 AM IST
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Reacting to news reports appearing in sections of the local press wherein the Aggrieved Teachers Association of Nagaland(ATAN) convenor had accused officers of the Special Investigation Team(SIT) of the Vigilance Commission of having taken bribes ranging from Rs.40,000 to 60,000(in one paper) and Rs.50,000 to Rs.60,000(in another paper) from some teachers to clear their names, Director and DIG of Vigilance J.I.Yaden has asked ATAN to pinpoint names of SIT officials who were allegedly bribed by certain teachers within three(3)days from the date of publication of his letter.
In a communiqué, the Director and DIG Vigilance described ATAN’s allegations as “baseless, malicious” and which had “defamed and questioned the integrity of the officials of the SIT,Vigilance Commission, Nagaland” .
Seriously viewing ATAN’s allegations as “purely malafide” intended to damage the integrity of the SIT officials and also to create chaos, misconception and confusion among the public of Nagaland, the Director informed ATAN that the false allegation that was made public through the local dailies “have already attracted Section 499 of the IPC.”
Apology to SVCs
Meanwhile, an e:mail purportedly issued under the name of Aggrieved Teachers’ Association Nagaland (ATAN) has tendered “unconditional apology” to the Special Verification Committees (SVCs) members. It said dragging SVC with allegations has tarnished the “good image of the sincere and honest officers/members” instead of specifically mentioning the members involved. ATAN said it would come out with details of allegations soon.

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