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Former bill assistant convicted in graft case

Aizawl: Special Court (Prevention of Corruption Act) in Aizawl convicted former Bill Assistant (muster roll) of Mizoram Law and Judicial department Lydia Lalhruaitluangi for missapropriation of over Rs 1 crore of government money.

Special Judge H T C Lalrinchhana convicted Lydia Lalhruaitluangi (32) d/o Lalhnehliana, Ramhlun North, Aizawl under sections 13 (1) (a), (b)/13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and under sections 406/420/468/471 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The special judge remanded the convicted person to judicial custody till Monday and sent her to the Central Jail near Aizawl. She will be produced before the court on Monday for the hearing on sentence and pronouncement of the quantum of punishment.

The judge, however, acquited Lalhnehliana (father of the convicted person), Lalhlimpuii (sister of the convict) and Zothansangi (mother) to whose bank accounts the misappropriated money was deposited. The judge said that they were exonerated due to want of evidence/by the doctrine of benefit of doubt. 

The prosecution case was that Under Secretary of the state Law and Judicial department submitted FIR on September 24, 2018 that they had detected a case of misappropriation of an unascertained amount of Government money in the Law and Judicial Department, Govt. of Mizoram, possibly running into several lakhs of Rupees, mainly from budget head “Professional Service” allocated for payment of professional fees of govt. Advocates.

Lalhruaitluangi (then 27 years) who was employed in the said department on Muster roll basis from the year 2012 to 21.08.2018, and who has been entrusted with the duty of assisting the cashier since September 2013 where she has actually been entrusted and trained and performing the task of Bill Assistant in the said Department till 6.08.2018.

A “Special Audit” of the object head of “Professional Service” accounts of the Department has been conducted during 28.8.2018 to 6.9.2018 and the Special Audit’s preliminary observation statement depicts that there is excess overbooked expenditure to the tune of Rs. 1.43 Crore under the said object head out of which Rs. 81.43 lakh had been ascertained as misappropriation amount from the available documents by the accused person.

The state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) registered a criminal case against the accused on September 24, 2018 under sections 13(1)(c)/(d)/13(2) P.C. Act read with 468/471/406/420 IPC. 

Again, during the course of investigation, the complainant submitted a rejoinder FIR on 04.10.2019 stating that they had detected another misappropriation of government money amounting to Rs. 29,12,860/- committed by the same accused person, Lalhruaitluangi by preparing fake sanctions and bills from the head of ‘wages’, Office Expenses’ and ‘Other Charges’. 

In connection with the rejoinder FIR, the case Investigating Officer seized the following Law & Judicial Department bills (43 Bills from Rejoinder FIR and another 9 bills from the previous FIR) from the Office of Principal Accountant General, Aizawl. 

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