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Former Chakma ADC CEM convicted in graft case

Kali Kumar Tongchangya, former CEM of Chakma ADC

Aizawl: Special Court (Prevention of Corruption Act) in Aizawl on Monday convicted former Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) Kali Kumar Tongchangya and sent him to jail.

Special Judge H T C Lalrinchhana said that cancelled bail bond of the convicted person and ordered that he will be produced before the Special Court on Tuesday for sentence hearing and pronouncement of quantum of punishment.

Lalrinchhana pronounced that “Kali Kumar Tongchangya S/o Kegera (L), Kamalanagar- III, Lawngtlai District is convicted under section 409 of IPC and under section 13 (2) read with 13 (1) (c) & (d) of the PC Act, 1988 (Before the effective of Act No. 1 of 2014 (W.e.f 16-1-2014) and before the effective of Act No. 16 of 2018 (W.e.f. 26-7-2018).”

Seized corrupted amount/cash of Rs. 1,26,00,000/- (Rupees one crore and twenty six lakh) was confiscated and deposited to the state exchequer. The amount was recovered from 16 Indian National Congress (INC) candidates who received the money for campaign fund during the CADC elections in 2013.

The total number of INC candidates who received the campaign fund from the then CEM were 19 people and included former Minister in the Congress government and present Committee member of the BJP National Council Nirupam Chakma 

The total amount misappropriated by Kali Kumar Tongchangya is Rs 1,79,03,773 which included Rs 1.90 crore he took from Digamber Chakma, executive secretary and DDO of CADC.

The prosecution 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 Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR).

The centre sanctioned a total amount of over Rs 11.29 crore for construction of the road during 2003-2013) and disbursed the amount in three installments. The construction of the road could not be completed due to misappropriation of the fund meant for it by the then CEM.

Besides Rs 1.70 crore taken by Tongchangya, who was also President of the Chakma District Congress Committee, Rs. 9.03 lakh was also disbursed from the CADC exchequer in accordance with his verbal instructions to meet various expenses by the Congress party in the run-up of 2013 CADC polls.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials who recovered Rs 1.26 crore from 16 candidates could not recover Rs. 53,03,773 due to different reasons.

Tongchangya was arrested on February 10, 2022 after a regular case was registered against him, but was released on a bail bond of Rs 50,000 as the Gauhati High Court Aizawl Bench had already accepted anticipatory bail. 

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