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DRDA Mon case, CLP demands explanation from department
Published on 20 Jun. 2010 1:20 AM IST
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Taking a “serious view” of June 15 incident where one accounts officer under DRDA, Mon was detained on suspicion by Assam police in Bokajan, Nagaland Congress legislature Party (CLP) Saturday demanded explanation from the department and project director DRDA, Mon in order to clear all doubts in the minds of Naga public.
According to a statement issued by CLP parliamentary secretary C.Apok Jamir, the CLP members met today and deliberated on various issues confronting Nagaland and “indifference and continuous failure of the DAN Government in resolving them.”
Apok said CLP took a serious view on the incident that took place June 15 where the vehicle in which one accounts officer under DRDA, Mon and “Mrs. Fashion, wife of project director, DRDA, Mon” were travelling was checked by Bokajan Police at police check gate and found bundles of different currency denominations amounting to Rs.1,11,15,530 from their possession. Apok said they were taken into police custody and the money was seized. However, he said on receiving a fax letter from project director Mon DRDA informing that money was a payment for IAY Scheme to M/s K.S.Enterprise, Dimapur, the seized amount was released.
Congress alleged that this “dubious sequence of irregular events” was just the tip of “the Ice Berg”, which indicated “level of corruption and irregularities the DAN Government is indulging in.”
Maintaining that the incident threw a lot of questions to be answered by the department under DAN government, the CLP parliamentary secretary said: “Naga public has every right to know where and in what manner their development money is siphoned and misused.” CLP has also posed several questions before the department for clarification. It asked why was money carried in cash and not in cheque/ draft or other means of safe transfer.
The Congress asked why was such a huge amount carried in cash without any supporting official documents and why wasn’t an escort for security detailed by the department, as the travel was through inter-state and long distance.
“Why couldn’t the purported contractor draw money from Mon? And why the Department took the trouble to deliver the money to the contract’s doorsteps? Does the Department also provide ‘Home Delivery’?” it asked.
The Congress party went on to ask if the money drawn was actually for IAY as stated to Assam Police, Bokajan. The CLP also questioned the content of the fax message sent by project director, DRDA Mon to Bokajan police station.
Further, asking if the money was actually paid to contractor and was department in a position to produce work orders/supply orders?, the CLP questioned why was there pressure mounting from various quarters on the persons, who have file the FIR in Police station, to withdraw.
Demanding that department and PD DRDA, Mon come out clean on all accounts and clear all doubts in the minds of Naga public, the CLP said until there was satisfactory explanation and clarification it would continue to pursue on this matter till “sense of justice prevails” before the people.
KU clears air
Underlining the need to clear the air over the detention of one accounts officer under DRDA Mon on suspicion by Assam police in Bokajan with huge amount of cash, the Konyak union today said the matter was seriously examined and found that documents were genuine, adding cash was withdrawn accordingly against genuine scheme of the department.
In a joint statement, the Konyak union president S. Khoiwang Konyak and general secretary L.Tongang Konyak Saturday said that they have seriously examined into the matter and special investigation was carried out, where all necessary documents relating to it were looked into.
“The union after thorough investigation of all necessary bills, cash books, files, bank statements etc. found that the documents were genuine with the approval and joint signatures of the deputy commissioner and project director,” the signatories said.
Further, asserting that cash was withdrawn accordingly against the genuine scheme of the department, the Konyak union said: “hence it is notified to all the concern that there should be no misconception or apprehensions against the matter.”

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