New Delhi/Guwahati, March 12: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has summoned the former Chief Minister of Nagaland, TR Zeliang in connection with a case of alleged extortion and tax collection from government officials and departments of the state by the banned Naga insurgent outfits.
The NIA in a summon letter has asked him to appear before it in Dehli on March 13 with certain documents linked with the illegal payments made to the insurgent outfit by the government departments.
Just a few days before the Nagaland elections, Zeliang’s officer on Special (OSD) and two public relation officers were summoned by the NIA as well. Following this, the former Chief Minister was summoned today as his name emerged in the case as well.
The case has been under investigation by the NIA since August 2016.
The letter by the NIA to the former CM state, “Whereas it appears that you are acquainted with the circumstances of the case noted below, which is being investigated by Jasveer Singh, Dy SP, NIA under Chapter XIV of the Code of Criminal Procedure, you are hereby required to attent before him on 13th day of March 2018 at 1000 hrs at NIA HQ CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi along with documents relevant to the payments received from the Government Departments, for the purpose of answering certain questions relating to investigation of the instant case.” [SIC]
It may be mentioned that The National Investigation Agency (NIA) earlier arrested three officials and one retired officer of the Nagaland last October on charges of conduction extortion on behalf of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K).
The arrested ones were Purakhu Angami who is a former director of tourism, V Aza, additional director of agriculture, Hutoi Sema, joint director of irrigation and Kekhriesatuo Tep, superintendent-cum-cashier of the fisheries department.
They were booked under Section 384 of the IPC and Sections 10, 13, 17 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, read with Sections 7 and 8 of the NSR, Section 25(1B) of the Arms Act and Section 13 of the Drugs & Cosmetics Act.
According to a letter sent to the Chief Secretary, Nagaland by NIA’s DSP, Jasveer Singh, it has been said that the accused persons were involved in the instant the letter had asked the chief secretary to initiate departmental actions against them.