DIMAPUR, JUNE 4 (MExN): Leader of the Opposition and former Chief Minister, TR Zeliang has appealed to the Nagaland State Governor to revoke the state government notice appointing Mayang Lima, (Retd) Principal District & Session Judge as the Nagaland State Vigilance Commissioner.
In a letter to the Governor, Zeliang stated that the notification is in “clear violation of clause 4 (a) of the Resolution (supra) as the appointee is neither a Retd. High Court Judge nor a retired Senior/Executive Officer.”
He added that the notification on prima facie appears to be a “political reward ascribing on the appointee’s political loyalty to the Ruling NDPP Party in Nagaland.” This, Zeliang said, while pointing out that the appointee contested the 2018 General Election as an NDPP Candidate from 22nd Arkakong Assembly Constituency under Mokokchung District.
“The appointment of a political person as Vigilance Commissioner, in the State Vigilance Commission is a clear attempt on the part of the present government to defeat the sole purpose of the resolution” setting up the commission, it added.
Zeliang also pointed out that against the backdrop of the Gauhati High Court directing the CBI to probe allegations of corruption in the Kohima High Court building construction, the appointee had served in the Nagaland State Legal Services Authority and Department of Justice and Law “against which, there exist serious allegations of corruption.”
He therefore concluded that the notification was issued “with ulterior motives and with the sole intent to use the office of the State Vigilance Commission for political gains.” Zeliang informed that the appointment was made without the knowledge of the Leader of Opposition, and termed it as a “gross abuse of extent of executive power of a State.”
Expressing hope that the Governor would revoke the notification, Zeliang further asked the former to convince the present government to bring a substantive piece of legislation in the form of Nagaland State Vigilance Commission Act. For this, he pledged to give “full political support in the Assembly.” Zeliang meanwhile stated that failure to revoke/recall/cancel the notification within seven days would compel the opposition to approach the Court of Law.
The NPF has also termed the appointment of the new Vigilance Commissioner as “arbitrary” and urged the Governor to revoke the same within seven days. In a separate letter to the Nagaland Governor, Co-Convener, NPF Legal Cell, Vimeno Nakhro stated that the appointment “is in total violation of existing norms laid down by the Central vigilance Commission Act 2003.”
“The leader of Opposition was not taken into consultation and the candidate is a member of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) who had contested in the recently concluded General Election 2018 about three months ago from 22 Arkakong under Mokokchung District, as such nepotism plays its part and the said candidate is obligated to a particular group,” it said.
It further stressed that as per the Central Vigilance Commission Act 2003, approval of the Leader of Opposition is mandatory for appointment of a Vigilance Commissioner.