Director General of Police (DGP) of Nagaland LL Doungel has sent a reminder to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to expedite the probe on charges of money laundering against Chief Minister TR Zeliang.
In a letter addressed to the Special Director of the ED Zonal Office at Kolkata, Doungel urged the ED to apprise the Government of Nagaland on the developments and progress made so far in the matter for which the Government had requested to be investigated under the provisions of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), a statement issued by Media Cell of Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.
The DGP had earlier written to the ED on 23rd February 2015 saying that Diphupar Police Station, Dimapur district had received a complaint from one T Shuya on 15th January this year alleging economic offences against the Chief Minister and his wife and that enclosures submitted by the complainant appear to be transaction receipt of DBS Bank, 6 Sheraton Way, DBS Building, Singapore.
The DGP had pointed out then that since the State police do not have the wherewithal to take up the case, he had requested the ED to thoroughly examine the documents and to supply the findings to the Government, the statement added.
Zeliang had also urged upon the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor to take necessary action into the alleged remittance into the overseas account of his wife by two businessmen. The RBI then directed the matter to the ED but the outcome of the investigation was yet to be known, the media cell said.
Citing documents available, the CMO also rubbished the allegation that the Zeliang owned a flat in Singapore.
It cited the finding of Rajah & Tann, a top Singapore-based law firm for international arbitration that had confirmed that ‘the location mentioned as Loffi Apartment, 1st Floor, No 3, Dickson Road, Singapore (allegedly owned by Mr TR Zeliang) had been zoned for commercial use by Singapore Land Authority on January 23, 2008 and that it was approved for erection of a 4-storey Hotel development (235 rooms) with one basement and an attic.’
It also quoted Rajah & Tann as stating ‘we are of the view that Mr TR Zeliang neither owns nor resides’ at the said location.
Further, the media cell stated that ‘legal luminaries are being consulted for framing of defamation charges against those responsible for spreading such blatant lies and falsehood which had irreparably damaged the reputation, integrity and image of the Chief Minister.’