Political vendetta, says NPF on NIA summons

Political vendetta, says NPF on NIA summons
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Dimapur, March 12: The Naga Peoples Front (NPF) has termed the NIA summon to former chief minister TR Zeliang as an act of “political vendetta”.
“This whole development raises very serious questions as to whether a well-webbed political vendetta is being played out against a man who championed and was ready to sacrifice for the cause of Naga people and their 70 decades struggle. To cast aspersions on the integrity of a man who wants peace and harmony for Nagaland in particular and North Eastern Region in general, as having committed crimes against the nation worthy to be looked into by an investigating agency instituted to investigate terror activities, is most perplexing,” it said in a press release.
The NPF said, “A devious game is being played against former Chief Minister and Naga People’s Front leader TR Zeliang by the National Investigation Agency which is tasked with looking into terror activities in the country but now appears to be used to grind the proverbial political axe.”
The NPF said despatching of the NIA summon letter on the eve of the first session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly to the CMO at 00:15 am (midnight) raises serious questions. It asked on what was the urgency that a letter has to be dispatched at 00:15 hours; and also given the fact that the first session of the 13th Assembly is slated for March 13, couldn’t the NIA wait another day? It also asked why the summon letter was faxed to the CMO knowing very well that TR Zeliang has already resigned.
Press Secretary to the leader of NPF Legislature Party also did not rule out “political motivation and vendetta” over the issuing of summon letter to the former Chief Minister by the NIA.
“The timing of the summons, despite the co-operation rendered from day one, is conspicuously odd and political motivation and vendetta surrounding the case cannot be ruled out,” a communiqué from the NPF legislature party leader’s office said.
Stating that NIA has been investigating extortion cases in Nagaland since August 2016, the communiqué said Zeliang, as a law abiding citizen of the country, is ready to co-operate with any investigating agency including the NIA. “But however, what remains true is the fact that the then Chief Minister’s Office under Zeliang has nothing to do with funding banned organizations,” it added.
(Page News Service)