Nagaland minister and state BJP president Temjen Imna Along Credit: File image

Kohima/Guwahati: Expressing serious concern over the allegations of fraud against Nagaland state BJP president and cabinet minister Temjen Imna Along, several parties, including the Naga People’s Front (NPF) and the Congress, have demanded a thorough investigation into the matter.

If required, a CBI inquiry should also be conducted, said NPF spokesman Achumbemo Kikon.

Talking to EastMojo in Kohima on Wednesday, Kikon said, “The BJP always talks about eradicating corruption from the grassroots level in our country. But when such cases of corruption surface within the party, it should take steps against such leaders seriously.”

Either the minister should clarify his stand by submitting proper documents or he should own responsibility by paving way to others, the NPF leader demanded.

“The BJP should ensure that leaders who are respected and have a clean image should get the opportunity to lead not only in the Centre but in the state politics as well,” the Kikon added.

Meanwhile, senior Assam Congress leader Debabrata Sakia has demanded that the case should be immediately handed over to the CBI. Talking to EastMojo at the state headquarters in Guwahati on Wednesday, Saikia castigated the BJP for promoting corruption in the country.

“It’s really unfortunate that charges of fraud have been levelled against a person of the stature of a state party president. We demand that the Nagaland government should hand over the case to the CBI,” said Saikia, who is also leader of opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly.

Severely criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and national BJP president Amit Shah, the Congress leader further alleged that even Shah’s son is practising corruption under the PM’s nose.

On Tuesday, EastMojo had reported how Along allegedly submitted fabricated land documents to secure a Rs 10 crore loan from the State Bank of India’s branch Old Market in Dimapur. This was discovered by the deputy commissioner (DC) of Dimapur following a complaint lodged by Dimapur-based Bright Home Society. In an order dated October 8, the DC had 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.

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