DIMAPUR, June 7 - The central youth wing of the Naga People�s Front (NPF) today reminded the ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) of sticking to the stipulated norms and procedures while appointing the State Vigilance Commissioner �as it is not a political, but a statutory post.�
Terming the NDPP�s statement justifying appointment of the Principal District and Session Judge (retd) Mayang Lima as the State Vigilance Commissioner as illogical, the NPF youth wing, in a press release, said his (Lima�s) appointment was issued in clear violation of Clause 4(a) of the Cabinet resolution dated April 9, 1976, because the appointee is neither a retired High Court judge nor a retired senior executive officer.
The NDPP, in a statement on Wednesday, claimed that all due procedures were followed by the Government in appointing the State Vigilance Commissioner. The NPF youth wing alleged that the NDPP statement revealed their ignorance and contempt of the law and procedures.
Reiterating its full support to the objection raised by Opposition leader TR Zeliang as well as the NPF party against the appointment of Lima as the Vigilance Commissioner, the youth wing said the appointment was made in total violation of the existing norms laid down by the Central Vigilance Commission Act, 2003.
It further pointed out that the appointee has served in the Nagaland State Legal Services Authority and the Department of Law and Justice which directly relates to preliminary investigation in a case carried out by the CBI on the direction of the Gauhati High Court. This is reason enough to show that the appointment was made with ulterior motives and with the sole intent to abuse the office of the State Vigilance Commission for political gains, the youth wing added.
Affirming that neither Opposition leader Zeliang nor NPF spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon or the NPF in general targeted the integrity and credentials of Lima, it said violation of the laid down procedures and norms for recruitment to the prestigious post by the People�s Democratic Alliance Government is the point of contention.
The NPF youth wing also pointed out that as per the laid down rules in the Central Vigilance Commission Act 2003, Section 41 Clause 1 of Sub Clause (C), the approval of the Leader of Opposition in appointing the Vigilance Commissioner is mandatory.
The NPF youth wing called Lima�s appointment as a �political reward� to him as he lost the last Assembly election while contesting on an NDPP ticket.