Mizoram CM Zoramthanga Acquitted in Cases of Power Misuse, Disproportionate Assets

NEW DELHI: A special court has acquitted Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga in two cases.

According to reports, the Mizoram CM has been acquitted in one case related to misuse of power and the other to possession of disproportionate assets.

Notably 12 years ago, two organisations, People Right to Information and Development Implementing Society of Mizoram (PRISM), the erstwhile anti-corruption watchdog, and Mizoram Upa Pawl, a senior citizens’ association had filed a case in 2009 against Zoramthanga for alleged misuse of power as a public servant to procure angle iron posts and goat-proof wire mesh from the agriculture department for his farm at Aii puk area in Sihphir in 2007.

The charge sheet said that in 2003, Zoramthanga had declared in his affidavit that he owned assets worth Rs 54.18 lakh, which then grew to over Rs 1.38 crore before the 2008 elections, without having registered any known source of income.

“In fact, under the scheme, those farming implements could be issued to Aii Puk Farmers’ Association at 50% subsidy or even free of cost depending upon the availability of the materials. Mention may be made in this regard that the Aii Puk Farmers’ Association applied to the Agriculture & Minor Irrigation department for Angle Iron posts and G.P. wire mesh and the same was given to the association,” the judgment order stated.

The court further said that it did not find sufficient evidence to prove the accused had assets disproportionate to his known sources of income, and therefore he is not liable to be convicted under Section 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (punishment for an offence by a public servant).

Courtesy: Sentinel Assam

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