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Convicted in graft case, Tongchangya disqualified from Chakma ADC


Aizawl: Kali Kumar Tongchangya, the incumbent Chairman of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC), has been disqualified from the membership of the Council on Wednesday following his conviction and sentencing in graft case. 

The Court of Special Judge (Prevention of Corruption Act) in Aizawl convicted former Chief Executive Member (CEM) of CADC Tongchangya, on Monday and sentenced him to 4 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 4 lakh on Tuesday.

According to the court’s judgment, the total amount misappropriated by Kali Kumar Tongchangya when he was Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the CADC was Rs 1,79,03,773 which included Rs 1.90 crore he took from Digamber Chakma, executive secretary and DDO of CADC.

It said that Tongchangya, when he was CEM of the CADC took Rs 1.70 crore from the fund meant for construction of road between Longpuighat and Kukurduleya village in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district under NLCPR. The construction of the road could not be completed due to misappropriation of the fund meant for it by the then CEM.

According to the press release issued by the Information & Public Relations Department, CADC, this disqualification action was in accordance with Clause (i) of Sub-rule (1) of Rule 12 of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (Constitution and Conduct of Business etc) Rules, 2002, and as amended. This rule stipulates that a member shall be disqualified if convicted of any offense other than those referred to in clause (f) and (g) and sentenced to imprisonment for not less than two years.

Deputy Chairman of the Chakma Autonomous District Council Sundor Muni Chakma has exercised the powers provided under Sub-rule (1) of Rule 17 of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (Constitution and Conduct of Business etc) Rules, 2002, and as amended, to issue the disqualification order, the release said.

 However, the notification states that, as per Sub-clause (j) of Sub-rule (1) of Rule 12 of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (Constitution and Conduct of Business etc.) Rules, 2002, and as amended, this disqualification will not take effect until three months have elapsed from the date of Dg. Kali Kumar Tongchangya’s conviction. 

“If, within that period, an appeal or application for revision is preferred from the conviction or the sentence, and an interim stay against such conviction or suspension of such sentence has been obtained by him from a competent appellate or divisional court, then the disqualification will be put on hold until a final decision is reached,” the press release said. 

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