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Nagaland: TR Zeliang requests NIA to defer appearance date in view of assembly session
TNT Desk | Kohima, March 12, 2018:
Former Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang on Monday has requested the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to defer the appearance date, which was earlier fixed on March 13, stating that it will not be possible for him to appear before the NIA in view of the Assembly session commencing from March 13.
The National Investigation Agency had on Saturday issued summons to former chief minister TR Zeliang, asking him to appear before it in Delhi on March 13 in connection with a probe related to alleged "tax collection" and "extortion" from state government departments by banned Naga insurgent groups.
Replying to the summons notice, Zeliang on Monday forwarded a letter to the Deputy Superintendent of Police, NIA Guwahati whereby he expressed his inability to appear before it on March 13 since he is required to attend the assembly session as the Leader of Opposition.
"In view of the assembly session commencing from March 13 till March 26, I am required to attend the session as Leader of Opposition," Zeliang said in the letter.
Furthermore, Zeliang said that the notice was received by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) through fax only on March 12 at 12.15 midnight and another copy at 10.05 am today. The same was later handed over to him.
"As such, it is not possible for me to appear before you as per summons at such a short notice. I shall, therefore, be grateful if I am summoned to appear before you on another date after the session," Zeliang said in the letter.