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Court acquits Mizoram CM in abuse of power, illegal property cases

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A special court has acquitted Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga in cases of abuse of power and assets disproportionate to his known source of income under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The ‘People’s Right to Information and Development Implementing Society of Mizoram’ (Prism) and ‘Mizoram Upa Paul’ filed a case against Zoramthanga in 2009. He was accused of misusing his authority as a public servant in 2007 to buy iron rods and wire nets to protect goats from the agriculture department for his agricultural land in I Puk area of ​​Shirfir.

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Zoramthanga was also the Chief Minister at that time. The state’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) had filed an additional chargesheet alleging that Zoramthanga has assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. The charge sheet said that Zoramthanga, in his affidavit in 2003, declared that he had assets worth Rs 54.18 lakh, which exceeded Rs 1.38 crore without recording any known source of income before the 2008 elections.

Judge Vanllalenmawia in the first case on Monday said that the agriculture department had issued the material in a legal manner for the benefit of needy farmers. He said that under the assistance scheme to small marginal farmers, there is a provision to provide these materials for fencing. The court, in the second case, said that it did not find sufficient evidence to establish that the accused had assets disproportionate to his known sources of income and, therefore, he was convicted under section 13(ii) (offence by public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (Punishment). Punishment for) cannot be convicted under

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