NIA summons former Nagaland chief minister Zeliang in NSCN(K) extortion probe

TR-Zeliang

NIA summons former Nagaland chief minister Zeliang in NSCN(K) extortion probe

The former chief minister TR Zeliang, has been summoned to Delhi March 13 the National Investigation Agency in connection with a probe related to alleged "tax collection" and "extortion" from state government departments by banned Naga insurgent groups.

Meanwhile, a communiqué issued by Zeliang's press secretary (PS), stated that the NIA notice was received by fax at the CMO, 15 minutes past midnight on Monday and the second was again again sent through the same fax number at 10:05 am the same day. The probe is underway in allegations of tax collection and extortion from state government departments by banned Naga insurgent groups.

Zeliang has therefore requested the NIA to reschedule summons if he was required to appear in person.

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NIA sources say former Nagaland CM Zeliang's name has emerged while probing payments to National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) from state government funds.

Further, the timing of the summons, despite the co-operation rendered from day one, is conspicuously "odd and political motivation and vendetta surrounding the case can not be ruled out", the communiqué from the former Chief Minister alleged. "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 seven-decade struggle", the NPF said.

NIA had questioned Ruokuovizo Chupno, OSD to Zeliang, and two public relations officers. "The three officers. complied and appeared before the NIA officer concerned at the Guwahati NIA branch office", the NPF said in the statement.

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The notice sent to Zeliang has asked him to reach NIA headquarters at 10 am, "along with documents relevant to the payments received from the government departments for the goal of answering certain questions relating to investigation of the instant case".

A notice sent to Zeliang on March 11 has asked him to appear before the investigating officer at the NIA headquarters in Delhi. The case seemed to have been settled in regard to the three officers.

On January 18, 2017, the NIA had conducted searches in various government departments in Nagaland and seized receipts that showed payments to the tune of Rs 2 crore.

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