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NPCC demands resignation of Home Minister
DIMAPUR, JUL 2 (NPN):
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Published on 3 Jul. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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Describing the recent detention of state home minister, Imkong L. Imchen in Nepal for carrying hard cash of Rs 9 lakh as an “embarrassment” and a “fit case” for the minister to tender on the spot resignation or at least the chief minister drop him without a second thought, NPCC Friday demanded that Imchen own moral responsibility and resign without further delay. NPCC president, I. Imkong in a statement accused Imchen of violating the protocol by not taking prior permission from the government of India to go abroad as was the mandatory rule. He said the incident was an embarrassment not only to Nagaland but also to the entire country.
Imkong said the minister feigned ignorance of the Nepalese currency law and his “flip flop” replies during the course of interrogation by the police were also of “suspicious nature.”
Citing the Nepal Republic Media Pvt. Ltd news report, Imkong said the home minister even went to the extent of identifying himself as an Indian citizen of Nepali origin.
The NPCC demanded Imchen to disclose the source of the cash as the seizure happened during his return journey and not while entering Nepal. Imkong said the minister should make public statement on the issue. The NPCC further demanded a thorough probe into the entire episode.
It also demanded public apology from the chief secretary, Lalthara for defending the home minister “unreasonably.”
The clarification issued by the chief minister’s secretariat that the home minister was on a private visit did not absolve the minister from the crime, he being a man of public, the NPCC said.

 
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