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Mizoram Home Minister Lalzirliana accused of holding disproportionate assets

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Mizoram Home Minister Lalzirliana accused of holding disproportionate assets

Aizawl: In yet another attempt to unearth corruption after chief minister Lal Thanhawla was accused of holding disproportionate assets in October last year, the anti corruption watchdog turned political party People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) on Wednesday leveled serious charge against home minister R. Lalzirliana accusing him of holding disproportionate assets as his income has increased to over Rs 6.40 crore over the last ten years.

PRISM general secretary S.L. Ngursailova Sailo told media at a press conference here on Wednesday (May 9) that the home minister is allegedly currently constructing a multi-storied building at Durtlang neighbourhood here and his wealth increased to Rs 6.48 crore over ten years against his known sources of income.

Sailo said that some activists of PRISM on Tuesday distributed pamphlets in Durtlang neighbourhood during which they came to learn and eye witness that the home minister is constructing a 5 storey building at Mel 5 (5 miles) area.

“The subsequent investigation into the wealth and source of income of R. Lalzirliana manifested that he can’t build such huge and luxurious building worth Rs 1.5 crore with his known sources of income,” Sailo alleged.

According to Sailo, the home minister has had total assets worth over Rs 49.19 lakh including two vehicles and four buildings as per declaration in his affidavit before the assembly elections in 2003, which was shot up to Rs 1.73 crore worth assets after five years in 2008.

He said that the home minister, at the time of filing nomination for the 2008 assembly elections declared that he has three vehicles, (Gypsy, 407 truck and Zen car), one bike, five plots of land worth Rs 11.50 lakh and only one building valued at Rs. 1.5 crore against four in 2003.

He added that Lalzirliana had Rs 6.48 crore worth assets including a building worth Rs 5.50 crore before the 2013 assembly elections, which means his total value of assets has increased by over Rs 5.98 crore in ten years.

According to the leader, the home minister draws a salary of Rs 88,000 per month as a minister and his total income accumulated from salary in five years is estimated to be about Rs 52.8 lakh.

Sailo said that the home minister is liable to be booked under section 13 (i) (e) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 for allegedly holding disproportionate assets and also asked the latter to make it public how he is constructing a Rs 1.50 crore worth multi-storied building against his known source of income.

He warned that the home minister, if fails to clarify the matter, would be brought to justice and send to jail when PRISM comes to power.

Sailo further asserted that his government would not leave any stone unturned to punish those leaders, who are living by public purse.

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Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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