Lokayukta takes suo motu cognizance of NPF allegations

DIMAPUR, NOV 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/17/2019 11:48:25 AM IST

Against the backdrop of NPF’s allegations of mis-governance and rampant corruption in public offices of the state government, Nagaland Lokayukta, while taking suo motu cognisance of the claims made by NPF in its press release published in the media on November 18, said unless the people of Nagaland came forward with their grievances and filed complaints after complying with procedural requirements, the organisation would be helpless.

In an order, Lokayukta justice Uma Nath Singh said he took a serious note that instead of filing complaints in accordance with Regulation of the Nagaland Lokayukta, the people were playing to the gallery.
Pointing out that after taking over charge as lokayukta only nine complaints had been filed so far, Justice Singh stated. Moreover, he said the organisation needed to be well equipped to deal with such allegations of mis-governance and corruption.
He emphasised that both Nagaland Lokayukta and Nagaland Lokayukta Police Organisation required drastic reforms and serious re-look to come up to the expectations of the people of Nagaland and other stakeholders.
Justice Singh said lokayukta was in urgent need of two more Upa-Lokayuktas with clean records and serious aptitude for the job, but regretted that even the letters sent from his office to the State government remained pending for months with no response in some cases. 
He said his office had already raised demand for regional offices at Dimapur and Mokokchung.
Meanwhile, the lokayukta issued notices to newspaper proprietors, editors and authors that published the NPF press release to file their personal affidavits pointing out specific instances of corruption and mis-governance, besides asking the chief secretary to file his affidavit on the issues raised in the news. PWD (NH) has also been asked to file affidavit on the worsening condition of the Dimapur-Kohima Road through its chief engineer.
Further, Justice Singh also issued notice to chief of NPF party and its office bearer, who had briefed the press, to file affidavits substantiating the allegations of mis-governance and corruption made in the news item. 
He also directed that all those issued notices should remain present with their affidavits on the date of hearing on December 5, even as he asked the newspapers to publish his order in their Monday edition.

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