Tuesday, May 30, 2023

News on ED summons to Rio false: NDPP


Ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) has condemned reports published in a national daily, that state chief minister Neiphiu Rio was summoned for questioning by Enforcement Directorate (ED) at Rangaphar Military Station last month.
The report was also widely circulated on social media was also picked by the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president K. Therie, who demanded immediate dismissal of the NDPP-led UDA coalition government for alleged financial irregularities.
The report in a national newspaper, claimed that Rio was questioned for several hours at Rangapahar military cantonment in connection with “the non-existent high court building at Kohima” for which a total amount of Rs 70 crore was withdrawn despite the project remaining still incomplete.
NDPP Media & Communication Committee condemned the report as “malicious false news” which was “fabricated and spread by unscrupulous elements” solely with the intention to damage the image and name of the chief minister whom it described as one of the tallest leaders Nagaland had produced.
The party asserted that such acts of maligning the name and image of any person, let alone a chief minister, was “highly unacceptable and unbecoming” in society which ought to be condemned by every right-thinking citizen. NDPP also assured the people of Nagaland that all legalities were being put in place in order to “identify and apprehend the source of this false and defamatory news” and that all legal actions would be taken so that such acts were not committed in the future.
The party also reaffirmed that the president and rank and file of NDPP collectively stood steadfast with the chief minister and demanded that the state government leave no stone unturned to identify and apprehend the culprits immediately and book them under relevant sections of the law so as to set “an example to deter others from resorting to such malicious acts in the future.”
NPCC demands dismissal of Govt
Meanwhile, referring to a news report, NPCC president K Therie said the CBI had filed two cases and made 30 persons accused. He also said the enforcement directorate (ED) had filed five cases in connection with the matter.
Therie asked Rio to prove himself clean before the people and if he was not guilty, then should resign on moral grounds since the matter was sub-judice. Therie said this was to enable the judicial process but expressed doubt if ever Rio would do so.
Therie said in order to uphold the commitment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to zero tolerance towards corruption, the state Governor should dismiss the UDA government so as to remove any obstacle against free and fair investigation to deliver justice to the people.
He said in other states the accused either resigned on moral grounds or was dismissed and with many of them in jail. Therie reiterated that the law was the same for all and demanded justice from the governor in this regard.
He also asked BJP to come out clean on the matter if it was not collaborating with the corruption.


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