The Aizawl District and Sessions Court on Wednesday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of the Lai Autonomous District’s chief executive member V Zirsanga and several others in a graft case involving about Rs 1.5 crores. The court also cancelled the interim bail it earlier granted to them.
District and Sessions Judge Lucy Lalrinthari in her order said she is “convinced that investigation may suffer if pre-arrest bail is granted to the accused persons”.
Inspector F Engkunga of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, the investigating officer, had told the court on Tuesday “the accused are influential persons, political leaders and high ranking officials and the prosecution witnesses are living in the same locality together with them”.
“He already experienced that the prosecution witnesses whose statements are recorded during inquiry already made changes in their statements and they are less enthusiastic to give information and suspect that investigations are hampered if the applicants are at large,” the judge noted in her order.
CEM V Zirsanga, a Congress politician, and several others including the District Education Officer, a high school teacher attached as cashier to his office and two teachers who head a teachers’ body there are accused of illegally amassing about Rs 1.5 crores from the education scam.
According to the ACB, they did this by issuing fake pay certificates for 41 teachers, drawing salaries of some teachers more than once while apparently pocketing the salaries of several others.
They had filed an anticipatory bail plea almost two months ago, about a week after the ACB registered a corruption case against them.