Nagaland: Former CM Zeliang under NIA radar in extortion case

  • Nagaland: Former CM Zeliang under NIA radar in extortion case

Nagaland: Former CM Zeliang under NIA radar in extortion case

According to reports, NIA has summoned Zeliang to appear before its officials on March 13, i.e on Tuesday.

Azeu Namcyn Hau, a close aide, confirmed two summons were sent to Zeliang on Monday - but to the chief minister's office and not to his home. It used to collect "tax" from 24 government departments, a case which was busted by NIA in 2016. TOI exclusively accessed the copy of the summon sent to Zeliang.

The agency had on February 13 summoned Zeliang's officer on special duty (OSD) Ruokuovizo, and two public relation officers in the former CMO, Karibo and Kuirang, ahead of the state assembly elections.

Earlier, the NIA summons, issued by its Guwahati office on March 11, had asked Zeliang to appear before the agency's officers on March 13 at 10 am with relevant documents of the payments given to NSCN (K) from government departments.

The latest summoning of the former Chief Minister himself comes at a time when the State Assembly is slated to hold its session from March 13-26, the communiqué stated. As per sources, Former CM Zeliang's name has emerged in the case while investigating the payments to National Socialist Council of Nagaland from state funds.

While detailing the circumstances surrounding the NIA summon, the NPF recounted that with the announcement of State Assembly Elections 2018 in Nagaland, came a summon from the NIA for three staffers of the then Chief Minister's Office.

Former Chief Minister of Nagaland, TR Zeliang is under the radar of National Investigation Agency (NIA). "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. It said after few days of questioning, they were let off and it appeared that the case against them was settled.

Given the suspicious circumstances, the NPF posed three questions- On what urgency that a summon letter has to be dispatched at 00:15 hrs; given the fact that the first session of the 13th Assembly is slated for March 13, couldn't the NIA wait another day? As many as 14 departments are under the NIA scanner in Nagaland. Mr Zeliang has been asked to appear at the NIA's headquarters in New Delhi tomorrow.