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Kohima: Nagaland Lokayukta dismissed the complaint filed by former student leader Vicca S Aye against deputy chief minister Y Patton on charges of “abuse of power” and manipulating the results of Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC).

An official update from I Meyionen, Inspector General of Police and Director Nagaland Lokayukta Police Kohima informed that the order was passed by the Nagaland Lokayukta Justice Uma Nath Singh, on Friday.

As per the order, Nagaland Lokayukta said: “On due consideration, all allegations made against Mr Y Patton, deputy chief minister of Nagaland in the impugned complaint are found to be devoid of substance in the absence of any prima facie evidence to connect him with such allegations and to engage the attention of the Lokayukta any further”.

The Lokayukta said that in response to the complaint, Patton “vehemently denied all allegations and impeached the credibility of the complainant”. The order added that Patton also referred to a complaint against the backdoor appointment of the complainant as a teacher in 2007.

The order said that Patton had denied the “allegations by saying that they are baseless, malicious and politically motivated” and that on “account of tribalism, the complainant has espoused the case of his political rivals by making sweeping and omnibus allegations which are not based on his personal knowledge”.

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Patton also “denied his hand in auction purchase of a condemned police vehicle by his son Jackson Patton who was allotted the vehicle after following the prescribed procedure”.

On the allegation of the appointments made in the police department, the Lokayukta said that Patton responded saying that all unit commanders are empowered to appoint constables through a prescribed method of recruitment as provided in the police manual and as per a notification dated 24th September, 2004, the DGP is “empowered to recruit police personnel in the grade of UBSI/ABSI”.

While Patton seriously objected that the allegation on manipulating the Public Service Commission, the Lokayukta said that he has “admitted to have urged the students of his lotha Naga tribe not to be content merely with getting degrees and he encouraged them to work hard and try for the civil services” and that he had said that “he was willing to extend assistance to deserving and needy civil service aspirants”.

Nagaland Lokayukta concluded that the complaint is found to be devoid of substance in the absence of any prima facie evidence. “The complaint has been submitted in haste with deficient facts. The lokayukta is not supposed to indulge in roving enquiry with a view to fish out materials and evidence to prove non-scientific, bald and omnibus allegations made in the complaint. Thus the complaint deserves to be rejected and is accordingly dismissed”, the order said.

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