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Aizawl court reserves order on bail plea of top autonomous district officials

Prosecutors had countered the letter had no weight since the ACB had found through a preliminary enquiry that the accused are indeed complicit and registered a criminal case based on the enquiry.

Written by Adam Halliday | Aizawl |
July 21, 2015 6:27:52 pm
mizoram news, teachers corruption case, mizoram teachers corruption, northeast news, mizoram education case, india news, Congress, Mizoram congress, The officer had been summoned by the court after arguments on Monday, during which defence lawyer B Lalramenga had produced an apparent letter by the main complainant saying he wished to withdraw his complaint.

The Aizawl District and Sessions Court has reserved its order on an anticipatory bail plea of three Lai Autonomous District officials, including Chief Executive Member V Zirsanga, and two teachers in a corruption case that involves about Rs 1.5 crore.

Investigating Officer F Engkunga, an inspector with the ACB, told the court on Tuesday that witnesses appear to be backtracking or have been less enthusiastic about sharing information, saying this is likely because the accused remain at large and continue to hold important offices and are also residents of the same town they live in.

The officer had been summoned by the court after arguments on Monday, during which defence lawyer B Lalramenga had produced an apparent letter by the main complainant saying he wished to withdraw his complaint.

Prosecutors had countered the letter had no weight since the ACB had found through a preliminary enquiry that the accused are indeed complicit and registered a criminal case based on the enquiry.

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The accused’s lawyer, however, cited an apex court ruling that says anticipatory bail should be denied only in extraordinary cases and said these were absent from the present case since the accused are cooperating with the investigating agency.

The accused include the Chief Executive Member or CEM of the Lai Autonomous District Council (LADC) in south Mizoram, the District Education Officer, a high school teacher attached as cashier to the DEO and two teachers who head the main teachers’ body there.

CEM V Zirsanga, a Congress politician, and the other four are accused of illegally amassing about Rs 1.5 crores from the education scam by issuing fake pay certificates for 41 teachers, drawing salaries of some teachers more than once while apparently pocketing the salaries of several others.

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They had filed an anticipatory bail plea almost two months ago, about a week after the ACB registered a corruption case against them.

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First published on: 21-07-2015 at 06:27:52 pm
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