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Centre demands action on 18 cr police scam



WITHIN TWO months of a TEHELKA special story revealing a massive financial fraud committed by the Nagaland police brass in the name of raising six Commando Companies under the police modernisation scheme provided by the centre and how the Neiphiu Rio government turned a blind eye to the forgery, New Delhi has now informed Kohima that it has withheld the release of funds until the state government takes further action on the scam.
“After the CAG report pointing toward forgery, the Union home ministry had asked the Nagaland government to take a strong step, but nothing has been done so far. The TEHELKA story made it public with all details including the details of the bills and vouchers. “New Delhi then again sent a strong reminder to Kohima, but there was no response thus the centre has decided to go hard,” said a very highly placed official of the Union home ministry who confirmed the development to TEHELKA
Last April, the 2009-2010 CAG report revealed that ‘the Director General of Police, Nagaland, Kohima, withdrew an amount of Rs 18 crore against fictitious bills.  Therefore, it needs to be investigated”.
TEHELKA carried out a detailed investigation and got hold of the forged copies of bill and vouchers that led to the CAG unearthing a massive scam of Rs 18 crores. In a detailed story posted on posted on 15 December 2011 on tehelka.com, exposed the forgery to the last nail.
The scam took place in 2009, when the AG’s office in Kohima received a fully vouched bill (No 111, 15 June, 2009) with six sub-vouchers from the DGP’s office through the State Treasury. A preliminary review by the AG’s found ‘discrepancies’ in the bill. A full-fledged audit found prima facie evidence indicating forgery in all the sub-vouchers.
“The fact remains that a fully vouched contingent bill was received by the AG’s office through the treasury and all purchases shown in the sub-vouchers attached to the bills have been found to be fictitious,” the CAG report clearly stated.
The Neiphiu Rio government constituted a high-power committee to investigate into the matter and asked it to submit the report within three months.
The committee’s report, which is being examined by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of State Assembly, has found only ‘procedural irregularities, not forgery’ – as claimed by the CAG report.
Allegations by the main opposition party Congress was made that the Nagaland home minister Imkong Imchen had turned a blind eye to the then DGP K Kire’s ‘forgery’.
Kire has retired from service in December 2011. TEHELKA launched its own investigation and found copies of the alleged fraud bills that supported the CAG report.
“Nagaland government had tried to convince that its high power committee has done an investigation and found no forgery, but MHA is far from convinced. The CAG report pin-pointed the case, and after TEHELKA’s detailed expose it was difficult for the Nagaland government to explain that it was not a graft. A strong letter from MHA has reached the Nagaland secretariat.” This was confirmed by well-placed source in the Nagaland secretariat.
New Delhi has asked Kohima to immediately take action against the officials involved if it wants the funds to be released for police modernisation, the source further added.


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