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Zeliang says 3 CMO officials summoned as part of NIA probe

Press Trust of India  |  Kohima 

The Chief Minister's Office (CMO) has nothing to do with any banned groups, especially in connection with extortion bids being probed by the NIA, said T R Zeliang today.

Zeliang was responding to a question on summoning of three CMO officials by the (NIA) for interrogation.

"That is not a new case as last year also the had summoned them but the case was dropped in July-August, and now the has taken up the same case again, the told reporters.

"They (CMO officials) will be going and explaining their position," he said.

The has jurisdiction to investigate if payment is being made to terrorist groups, he said.

"Like in the NSCN(K) has been declared a banned organisation. If anybody is paying them it becomes illegal but, the CMO has nothing to do with NSCN(K) or any other organisation," he said.

Zeliang said on November 21 last year state government officials had submitted a memorandum demanding the recall of the NIA from Nagaland, alleging that they were being harassed.

"We have reported the matter to the that the NIA should go within their assignment, and we hope they will go according to the law," he said.

The NIA had yesterday issued summonses to three CMO officials to its branch office in Guwahati for interrogation tomorrow.

The NIA was investigating the extortion cases in since August 2016, sources said while also alleging that incriminating documents were seized where the involvement of three CMO officials was detected.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 19:50 IST