A file image of Nagaland minister Temjen Imna Along

Guwahati/Kohima: Nagaland minister and state BJP president Temjen Imna Along is once again in the news, but this time for all the wrong reasons.

Following a complaint lodged by Dimapur-based Bright Home Society, the deputy commissioner (DC) of Dimapur allegedly found that the BJP leader had submitted ‘fabricated’ documents to secure a Rs 10-crore loan from the State Bank of India (SBI) at its Old Market branch in Dimapur. In an order dated October 8, the DC asked the bank to surrender before it the ‘fabricated’ documents on or before October 22.

The order followed a summon that the DC served to both Along and the SBI branch in which they were asked to produce all the relevant documents in its original form on October 1 this year. Although both parties appeared and produced their respective documents, the bank representative could produce only the photocopy of the land documents, the order noted.

On authentication, the DC found that the documents (jamabandi and final mutation order) possessed by the bank were fabricated. At the same time, the originals of the said documents were found to be in possession of Bright Home Society’s Aier which, on authentication, were found to be genuine, the order noted.

The documents relating to the complaint and the DC order are in possession of EastMojo.

On July 3, Benjung Aier, the treasurer of Bright Home Society in Dimapur, submitted a complaint with the Dimapur DC alleging that the Dimapur Old Market branch of the bank had “wilfully accepted the incomplete/invalid patta passbook” which was submitted by Along for mortgage while securing a Rs 2.5-crore loan from the housing society on March 27 last year.

Aier alleged that a few months later, without the consent of the society, Along illegally applied for a patta passbook. He further alleged that “without completing the due process, the incomplete/invalid patta passbook was again submitted/surrendered” to the SBI’s Old Market branch as security. “That, having the knowledge that the original land patta/jamabandi is with Bright Home Society, the said bank had wilfully accepted the incomplete/invalid patta passbook,” Aier wrote in his complaint.

Meanwhile, despite repeated attempts, EastMojo failed to get in touch with Along for his reaction to the allegations.

When contacted, the officers concerned at the SBI’s Old Market branch refused to divulge anything, but said that investigation was on. E-mails and phone calls made to the SBI’s corporate office in Mumbai have not yet elicited any response either.

Meanwhile, highly-placed sources in the DC’s office in Dimapur, on conditions of anonymity, confirmed that the DC had indeed summoned both the parties to produce the relevant documents submitted to the bank on October 1 and, subsequently, passed the order on October 8.

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