Police chargesheets former Mizo CM in graft case
Mizoram police filed a charge-sheet against former state chief minister and PCC chief Lal Thanhawla and two businessmen in connection with a second corruption case.Updated: Oct 21, 2003 15:59 IST
Mizoram police on Monday filed a charge-sheet against former state chief minister and PCC chief Lal Thanhawla and two businessmen in connection with a second corruption case.
The charge-sheet was submitted to the Special court set up under the Prevention of Corruption Act along with two trunks full of documents by the investigation officer, John Neihlaia, commandant, Ist battalion of the Mizoram Armed Police.
The former chief minister was charged with entering into a conspiracy and commiting criminal misconduct while holding the post of chief minister, punishable under the Prevention of Corruption act, 1988.
Investigation revealed that more than Rs 5.25 crore was paid from various accounts of the Mumbai-based Eastern Overseas Corporation, which undertook two hydel project construction works in the state, to Oceanic Business Agency, a firm owned by the late Lal Thanzaua, son of the former chief minister, the chargesheet said.
The documents seized during the course of investigation clearly established that Lal Thanzaua had involved himself in the two hydel projects right from the initial stages and that his father, with whom he lived under the same roof, Lal Thanhawla, the then chief minister had full knowledge of the activities of his son in the projects, the chargesheet said.
The flat belonged to one late Sat Pal Chopra, whose three pharmaceutical firms in Delhi bagged a plethora of government supplies and contracts from the Mizoram government and were paid to the tune of more than Rs 8.33 crore during Lal Thanhawla's chief ministership, it said.
The car, costing more than Rs eight lakh, belonged to J C Enterprises, distributor for Mizoram State Lotteries which was appointed as organising agent for the state lotteries during Lal Thanhawla's tenure.
It was also established that Kolkata-based Subash Projects and Marketing Ltd., which had undertaken a multi- crore greater Lunglei Water Supply scheme during Lal Thanhawla's regime purchased a flat in Kolkata in the name of Lal Thanzaua.
The second FIR against the former chief minister was submitted by Rev. Zairema, a church and social worker on July one, 2002 on the basis of a written statement of the state chief minister, Zoramthanga, in the state legislature which alleged that the contractors of the Kau-Tlabung and Tuipanglui Hydel Projects were given undue pecuniary advantages by the former regime.
Zairema also alleged that the then chief minister also received pecuniary advantages from the contractors through his son and dependant who had held an important post in the firm and had financial interests in it.
First Published: Oct 21, 2003 15:59 IST