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IPS Officer seeks transfer of his case to CBI

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, AUGUST 4: Senior IPS officer Richard Yimto, who is currently under investigation for allegedly taking 6.9 kg of seized brown sugar to his residence in 2018, has filed a petition in the Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court seeking transfer of said case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
In the petition filed on Thursday, Yimto also sought a Court directive to the State respondents to register an FIR in respect of the complaint filed on August 8, 2018, by UBSI Lichanthung Lotha, Commander of Narcotic Cell, Khuzama check-point.
“It is the case of the petitioner that in view of non-registration of FIR of the complaint dated August 3, 2018, the petitioner, who is allegedly implicated for keeping custody of the seized contraband suspected to be brown sugar weighing around 6 kg and 900 grams, has been prejudiced”, stated an order issued by Justice Kakheto Sema.
He listed the case to be heard again after four weeks.
According to Court document, Yimto is currently assigned as Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Village Gaurds without any existing post.
On March 16 this year, the Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court rejected a plea by Yimto to quash the disciplinary proceedings initiated against him.
In that particular order, the Court ordered the disciplinary enquiry to be completed “expeditiously and preferably” by September 15 this year.
Last year, Yimto filed a writ petition challenging an order issued by the Guwahati Bench of Central Administrative Tribunal on February 26, 2021 that had directed the State authorities to complete a disciplinary proceeding against the IGP within six months.
On September 6, 2018, Yimto was issued a show-cause notice by the Director General of Police, Nagaland, asking why disciplinary proceedings should not be issued against him for “failing to maintain absolute integrity in discharging of his bona fide Government duty by not registering a Police case on the seizure of suspected contraband brown sugar, release of two accused persons and the vehicle used in the transportation of the contraband narcotics and keeping the seized contraband in his personal custody”. Then on December 3, 2018, SM Tamgadge, IGP (HQ), PHQ, was appointed as Enquiry Officer with K Martin Pienyu, IPS, IGP (INT), as Presenting Officer to probe the charges against Yimto.
During the enquiry, on January 22, 2020, Yimto submitted an objection against the disciplinary enquiry, including the assertion that the Enquiry Officer should be from outside the Department; thus, Tamgadge was replaced by Principal Secretary R Ramakrishnan on September 17, 2020.
Thereafter, on account of the delay in disposal of the disciplinary enquiry proceedings, Yimto filed an appeal before Central Administrative Tribunal seeking declaration of the disciplinary proceedings against him as “illegal non est in the eye of law”, and quashing of the entire disciplinary proceedings.
However, the Tribunal decided that it was not inclined to interfere with the disciplinary proceedings and directed the State authorities to complete the disciplinary proceedings within a period of 6 months from that day (February 21, 2021).
Afterwards, according to a PTI report, Nagaland Police filed a charge-sheet against Yimto in November last year.
The charge-sheet was filed in the Court of Principal Sessions Judge, Kohima, under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance (NDPS) Act and the Prevention of Corruption Act on Tuesday.
“Police sources said the Narcotics Cell of Nagaland Police seized the brown sugar from a car coming from Manipur at Khuzama on the inter-state border on August 3, 2018. Two persons, who were in the car, were let go after initial detention and no case was registered.
“IGP (CID) Richard Yimto allegedly took the contraband to his official residence from where it was recovered later. A case was registered against the IPS officer and he was placed under suspension. During enquiry, Yimto had claimed that he took the drugs home for safety and further investigation. However, as a charge sheet was not filed against him in the case within the mandatory 90 days, he had approached the Court and was reinstated into service, sources said”, the PTI had reported then.
(Page News Service)