State Vigilance Commissioner appointment violated existing norms: NPF youth

Dimapur, June 8 (MExN): The Naga People’s Front (NPF) Central Youth Wing has reiterated support to the objection/rejection made by the leader of opposition as well as the party regarding appointment of State Vigilance Commissioner. The recent appointment of Mayang Lima as the Vigilance Commissioner, it stated, was made in “total violation of the existing norms laid down by the Central Vigilance Commission Act, 2003.”


In response to the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party’s (NDPP) statement on the issue, the NPF Youth Wing in a rejoinder affirmed, “Neither Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang nor NPF Spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon or the NPF in general targeted the integrity and credentials of Mayang Lima. Rather, the lapses of procedure and norms laid down for recruitment to the prestigious post of Vigilance Commissioner violated by PDA Government is the point of contention.”


NDPP’s statement that “all due procedures were followed by the Government in appointment of the State Vigilance Commissioner” reveals “stark reality of their ignorance and contempt of law and procedures,” the rejoinder issued by Press & Media Wing, NPF Central Youth Wing added.


It maintained that the appointment of Mayang Lima vide Notification No. VIG/3-E/78 was “clear violation of Clause 4(a) of the Cabinet Resolution, Dated 9th April 1976 because the appointee is neither a Retired High Court Judge nor a retired Senior Executive Officer.”


The NPF Youth Wing also reminded the NDPP that as per the Central Vigilance Commission Act 2003, Section 41 clause 1 of sub clause (c), approval of the Leader of Opposition is mandatory to appoint the Vigilance Commissioner.


“The said appointment prima facie suggests that it is a political reward ascribing on the appointee’s political loyalty to the ruling NDPP party in Nagaland which can be substantiated by taking the record, the fact that the appointee contested 2018 General Election from 22 Arkakong Assembly Constituency under Mokokchung district, Nagaland,” the rejoinder read.


“Mayang Lima may be a ‘Legal Luminary’ but we must accept the fact that, he is a defeated NDPP candidate and it is a clear attempt on the Government of the day to defeat the sole purpose of Cabinet Resolution dated 9th April 1976.”


The NPF Central Youth told the NDPP that the State Vigilance Commissioner is not a political post but a statutory post and necessary norms and procedure laid down should be followed.


It further noted that the appointee has served in Nagaland State Legal Services Authority and Department of Justice & Law, “which directly relates to preliminary investigation being carried out by Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) on the direction of Gauhati High Court vis-a-vis PIL (Suo Moto) 5/2017, Dated 2.05.2018 which goes to show that the appointment was made with ulterior motives and with a sole intent to abuse the office of State Vigilance Commission for political gain.”