1000-crore-rupee Dima Hasao Autonomous Council scam: NIA court defers verdict in two cases to May 22

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1000-crore-rupee Dima Hasao Autonomous Council scam: NIA court defers verdict in two cases to May 22

May 15 (NL Web Desk): The special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court today deferred the verdict in the first two cases registered by the investigating agency and relating to siphoning of government funds to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore and diverting them to the now disbanded militant outfit Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel Garlosa faction) to May 22.
Advocate Bijon Mahajan, appearing for Niranjan Hojai, the then commander-in-chief of the DHD (J), said that the court today sought clarifications from the prosecution and has directed the latter to submit them today itself.
“Around 150 people were examined as prosecution witnesses. Although the court was scheduled to have given its verdict today, it has sought some clarifications from the prosecution and has directed the latter to submit them today,” Bijon Mahajan said.
Militant-leader-turned-politician Jewel Garlosa said he has faith on the judicial system and was hopeful of getting “justice”.
“We have been victimised in the case from Day 1. The case should not have been registered under the NIA in the first place. Now the matter is in court. I have faith on the judicial system and am hopeful of getting justice,” Garlosa said.
The NIA, formed after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, had launched investigations after registering two cases (RC-01/2009 and RC-02/2009) in June 2009.
The probe agency had charge-sheeted a total of 31 accused in both cases — 15 in the first and 16 in the second case. Those made accused in the multi-crore-rupee scam included former rebel leaders Jewel Garlosa and Niranjan Hojai, former rebel leaders and currently members of the present council, suspended Social Welfare department official RH Khan, the then council chief Mohet Hojai, Babul Kemprai, Phojendra Hojai, Partho Warisa, Vanlalchhana, Malsawmkimi, Debasish Bhattacharya, Sandip Kumar Ghosh, Karuna Saikia, Jayanta Kumar Ghosh, George Lawmthang, Golon Daulagupu, Jibangshu Paul, Samir Ahmed.
Incidentally, 10 of the accused in the first case are presently in judicial custody, three are out on bail and another accused — Samir Ahmed — was released after serving a three-year sentence. On the other hand, two out of the 16 accused in the second case are in judicial custody.

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