Graft case against former Mizoram CM

Cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 were filed against former Mizoram CM Zoramthanga for allegedly possessing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Aizawl: Cases under the Prevention of
Corruption Act, 1988 were on Thursday filed against former Mizoram
Chief Minister Zoramthanga for allegedly possessing wealth
disproportionate to his known sources of income but the leader
termed it as an attempt to malign his image.

A number of bank passbooks, land settlement
certificates and periodical pattas for agricultural land were
seized during a search of his residence, state Anti-Corruption
Bureau officials said.

The raid was made following allegations against him by
the Aizawl-based anti-corruption watchdog PRISM, they said.

Cases under the relevant sections of the Prevention of
Corruption Act, 1988 were registered against the two-term
former chief minister for allegedly possessing wealth
disproportionate to his known sources of income.

According to the FIR filed by PRISM, the Mizo National
Front (MNF) chief allegedly received fencing material valued
around Rs six lakh for his horticulture farm at `Aiipuk Zau`
near here from the agriculture department fraudulently when he
was the chief minister.

He was also alleged to have collected three per cent
of every government contract from contractors for his MNF
party fund, the officials said.

SP of ACB Lalhuliana Fanai, when contacted by PTI, was
tight-lipped about the search.

Zoramthanga said the search by the ACB was an attempt
to malign him and was a politically motivated move by the
Congress government led by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on the
eve of the Aizawl Municipal Council polls.

"The PRISM submitted the FIR when I was in power and
the vigilance department and the ACB then did not find any
prima facie case," he said.

The case was revived recently by the Congress
government with `intention of revenge`, he alleged.

-PTI

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