Nagaland deputy chief minister Y Patton

Kohima: On charges of misusing his power and manipulating the results of Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC), a case has been filed against state deputy chief minister Y Patton before the state Lokayukta on Wednesday.

The complainant also requested the Lokayukta to hand over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or some other agencies of impeccable credentials and integrity so that Patton can’t misuse his power to dictate the course of investigation.

Filing the case against the state deputy chief minister, former state student leader Vicca S Aye spoke on how the state deputy chief minister allegedly manipulated the Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC) by misusing his power. The decision of the former student leader comes after the Opposition party – Naga People’s Front (NPF) — raised the issue in the recently concluded state assembly.

Speaking with EastMojo over telephone, Aye said that a complaint petition was filed against the deputy chief minister’s alleged “abuse of power” in regard to a speech which he allegedly delivered during the 51st general conference of the Lotha Students’ Union at Marachü Yan, Merapani Village under Wokha district on January 28.

“During the speech, the state deputy minister stated in the public platform that he can manipulate the examinations conducted by the National Public Service Commission, a constitutional body,” the student leader said.

Aye also confirmed EastMojo that a case has been filed before the Lokayukta on Wednesday, seeking an investigation on the speech made by Patton, an audio in this regard was circulated on social media sparking controversy among aspirants. A letter was also submitted to the governor of Nagaland requesting him to look into the matter on urgent basis, as the matter has allegedly been ignored by a section of officers concerned to gain their vested interests.

In the complaint petition, a copy of which is with EastMojo, the state deputy chief minister Y Patton allegedly proposed the candidates, who have cleared the written examination of various examinations conducted under the NPSC, to approach him for help at the interview stage.

“There is a common phenomenon of give and take among the state politicians to give government jobs to youths,” alleged Aye while referring to the remarks made by Y Patton as saying.

“These are nothing but offences under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act besides other legal provisions. Clearly in his speech he speaks of using undue influence over people in positions of power and these would result in accrual of undue advantages to him and others,” a section of the complaint reads.

In the complaint, the 35 year-old student leader also raised issues like “random backdoor appointments” allegedly made in the state home department, which is also headed by the deputy chief minister. Aye pointed that he has pursued the matter to the Lokayukta as a concerned citizen and with no political motive.

Aye said that it has been over three to four years since he has been highlighting on such issues, although this is the first time he is taking matters on legal terms.

Calling the attention of the Lokayukta, the complaint said, “This abuse of power by Y Patton has eroded the trust of the public in governance and this is clear mal-administration by all means. My stand is clear. Those recruited through backdoor appointments must be removed from services immediately,” he said while raising doubt that the alleged illegal appointments may lead to national security threat.

When asked about the State BJP president Temjen Imna Along’s recent statement defending Patton, Aye said that if the deputy chief minister believes in meritocracy, there is no need for the talented students to go to him. “Why should a meritorious candidate should approach state deputy chief minister to get job under NPSC?”, he questioned.

A section of the complaint petition also alleged that Patton, while addressing a community meeting, had openly stated that he had provided jobs to almost 1,500 persons in police and that he will again provide jobs to almost 2,000 persons.

“During that meeting, the state deputy chief minister also mentioned that those who had not voted for him would not be given jobs/favours. Clearly these are corrupt practices and abuse of authority by any stretch of imagination and are covered by PC Act,” the complaint said.

Meanwhile, Aye has also requested the state Lokayukta to institute an inquiry against the alleged misdeeds and abuse of powers in the state home department. “The inquiry should also investigate into the maladministration prevailing in the state home department and issue appropriate directions to the chief secretary, the home commissioner and the DGP, Nagaland to prevent them from further aggravating the situation,” Aye said.

He also requested the state Lokayukta to handover the case to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or some other agencies of impeccable credentials and integrity so that Patton can’t misuse his power to dictate the course of investigation.

Meanwhile, the state Lokayukta has assured the complainant of taking the matter seriously, Aye told EastMojo.

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