Nagaland CM’s Staff Summoned by NIA in Alleged Terror Funding Case
TR Zeliang, Chief Minister, Nagaland. 
TR Zeliang, Chief Minister, Nagaland. (Photo: IANS)

Nagaland CM’s Staff Summoned by NIA in Alleged Terror Funding Case

Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang's officer on Special Duty, along with two of his other officers have been summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with a case of alleged terror funding, the Indian Express reported.

The case concerns extortion of funds by groups from about 14 government departments.

This comes just days before the assembly elections in the state.

Zeliang took over as the CM from Neiphiu Rio after Rio became an MP from Nagaland in 2014. The NPF is ruling in the state in an alliance with BJP, of which, two BJP ministers are still in the cabinet. Rio broke away from the NPF to form the National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP). BJP has also ended its alliance with the NPF to form an alliance with the NDPP.

Ruokuovizo Chupno, OSD to the CM, and two Public Relations officers in his office are the ones who have been summoned, according to Sebastian Zumvu, press secretary of NPF, as quoted by The Indian Express.

The NIA action isn’t surprising…Since they (BJP) are no longer in coalition with us for the elections, this is what they are doing. The NIA is a Central agency and it would be fair for them to enquire into large money withdrawals by BJP candidates and their families from banks just before the elections.
Sebastian Zumvu, as quoted by the Indian Express
The NIA conducted searches in government offices in Nagaland on 18 January 2017 and seized receipts relating to payments of about Rs 2 Crore.  

According to The Indian Express report, the departments that have come under the scanner are – the Directorate of Information Technology, Directorate of Soil and Water Conservation, Directorate of Irrigation, Directorate of Rural Development, Directorate of Urban Development, PWD, Roads and Buildings, and Directorate of Information and Public Relations.

The state elections in Nagaland are scheduled to take place on 27 February while the counting is said to take place on 3 March 2018.

(With inputs from the Indian Express.)

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