NPRAAF pushes for CBI office at Dimapur
Dimapur, May 22: Following the Guwahati High Court order to investigate into the Nagaland High Court construction scandal, the CBI has registered a case on May 21 and will submit report within 3 months as directed by the Court.
This was disclosed by the Joint Director, CBI North East Zone, Anti Corruption Zone, Guwahati to a delegation of the Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) who met the Joint Director on May 21 at Guwahati.
In the meeting, the NPRAAF also submitted a representation seeking establishment of a CBI Branch office at Dimapur to ensure timely action against corrupt and illegal activities in the State.
“In order to look into all the corrupt practices and to punish the offenders, the state requires a CBI Branch Office in the State of Nagaland for timely action of all illegal activities. It is also important to have a Special Judge to be designated for Nagaland court from outside the state to adjudicate the case to ensure transparency and free from all influences,” the NPRAAF said in the representation.
In the representation, NPRAAF said it had been crusading against corruption and exposing corruption in Nagaland Government establishment for over two years, but it has limitation as a voluntary organization to persecute and punish the culprit even if prima facie is established.
“Therefore, NPRAAF decided to write to your good office to consider our representation and take up necessary action so that public fund is not mis-utilized at will in view of absence of CBI office in Nagaland to promptly take action against corruption.”
The NPRAAF mentioned that there has been many occasion NGOs had raised the issue through print media and brought to light scams in the Department of Law & Justice, road & bridges, irrigation & flood control, medical, industries, food & civil supplies, NSMDC, RD, education, police, finance, many CSS involving several thousands of crores.
In regard to swindling of police modernization fund, even the Enforcement Directorate recovered huge cash from the resident of MKR Pillai, DSP (Retired) in Kerala, it said, while alleging that the issue has become mute since top politicians and officials are hand in gloves with the accused.
“The whole establishment is corrupt not even sparing police and law & justice department, therefore where do we look for justice,” it said.
The NPRAAF informed that in a bid to carry forward the peace process in Nagaland, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had announced conversion of Rs 365 crore “ways-and-means” loan to the State as one-time grant on June 8, 2003, but it was siphoned off and nothing on the ground was executed for the benefit of the people and the State. “This fiasco should also be unearthed and culprits should be put behind bars,” it said.
Reminding that the CBI had been conducting cases in the State for sometime but the outcome has been dismal to this day, the NPRAAF said the CBI Special Court which was spread all over the State was amalgamated to one Special Judge Court at Dimapur during 2003-2004 for the convenience of the Special Judge who could not travel across the State to adjudicate the cases of CBI, after which there was no much progress of CBI cases. The situation became worse after the lone local CBI Special Counsel relinquished the post in 2007 and a CBI Special Counsel from Imphal was given task for CBI cases of Nagaland, it said.
Stating that it is imperative to have branch office at Dimapur since the Special Judge CBI court functions at Dimapur, the NPRAAF said it is also important to have an experience local advocate with immaculate track record in the profession to be Special Counsel of CBI in order to handle all high profile cases and convict the unscrupulous people for offences committed whether one is big or small without fear or favour.
The NPRAAF assures to give all assistance to unearth all form of corruption, which have been in practice for several decades without any compunction. It also assured to provide all necessary assistance to plant the CBI office in Dimapur, from indentifying of suitable land for the CBI Office to donating a land for the office if necessary. (Page News Service)