NIA summons Zeliang in extortion probe

NIA summons Zeliang in extortion probe

Kohima/Dimapur, March 12: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has summoned former Chief Minister T R Zeliang on March 17 for interrogation into alleged funding of banned outfits through the Government departments.
The NIA asked the former Nagaland CM to appear with the documents pertaining to the illegal payments.
The NIA had Monday morning issued the summon to Zeliang to appear on March 13, but it was later postponed to March 17 after Zeliang request in view of the assembly session beginning March 13.
A notice issued by DSP NIA, Yogesh Rathore said Zeliang appears to be acquainted with the facts and circumstances of the case being investigated by NIA DSP, Jasveer Singh, and directed Zeliang to attend before the investigating officer on March 17 at 10 am in New Delhi along with documents relevant to the payments received from the Government department for the purpose of answering certain questions relating to investigation of the case without fail.
The NIA had earlier summoned Zeliang to appear by March 13, however considering the start of State Assembly session on March 13, NIA accepted the request and postponed the appearance date.
After receiving the summon on March 12, former Chief Minister Zeliang had written to the NIA expressing his inability to appear before the investigation office on March 13 as per the summons as he is required to attend the assembly session starting from March 13.
In a letter to the DSP NIA, the former CM said it is not possible for him to appear before the NIA at such short notice as per the summons. Zeliang requested that he be summoned to appear on another date after the assembly session.
As reported on February 14 last, three officials of then Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) Nagaland were summoned by NIA for interrogation on February 15.
The three – OSD to CM Ruokuovizo Chupuo and two Media Officers – Karaibo Chawang and Kueirang – were summoned to appear before the NIA Deputy Superintendent of Police and Chief Investigating Officer, Jasveer Singh on February 15 in Guwahati.
On March 1, just before the Nagaland Assembly Election results were announced, an Officer of Zeliang was again summoned and interrogated for 5 days, from March 3 to March 7 at its headquarter in New Delhi.
(Page News Service)