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Scholarship scam: NLSF appeals Lokayukta to take stern legal action

DIMAPUR, JUN 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/12/2019 12:13:42 PM IST

Providing a shot in the arm to All Nagaland College Students’ Union’s (ANCSU) crusade against alleged misappropriation of students’ scholarship funds, Nagaland Law Students’ Federation (NLSF) has urged Lokayukta to take stern legal action against officials found guilty in the entire episode. 

In a release, federation’s president C Talimoa Chishi and general secretary Dieku Wetsah demanded that those found involved in the scam must be suspended and prosecuted, “and not just recover the misappropriated amount and close the case”. 
They warned that if Lokayukta failed to take stern legal action against the corrupt officials, then NLSF would not remain silent and consider that Lokayukta was not meant for people.
While expressing happiness that the State government had established the powerful institution of Lokayukta as per section 63 of the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013 that has a provision for Lokayukta to inquire into allegations of corruption against public functionaries and also to punish them if found involved in corruption, the duo stressed that the sole object of Lokayukta was to remove corruption from the State administration. 
The NLSF leaders, however, expressed apprehension over the appointment of Upa-Lokayukta, as the Act – section 4 – stipulates that a person who had contested in the recent election cannot hold any other office. They pointed out that the Act states that Lokayukta or Upa-Lokayukta shall not be a i) member of Parliament or member of the State Legislature Assembly and ii) a person who has been removed or dismissed from the service of the Union or a State, and shall not hold any office of trust or profit (other than his office as the Chairperson or a Member) or be affiliated with any political party.
 

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