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Dimapur, September 16 (MExN): Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation or ACAUT on Friday said that the six-month service extension of Director General of Police (DGP) T John Longkumer was a “brazen flouting of UPSC guidelines.”

In a press release, ACAUT co-chairman Simon Kelio and Secretary Hetoi Chishi stated that the move was “nothing short of sinister mischief.” It raises many questions as to why the Government of Nagaland would go to such extent to commit this daring illegal act by extending the tenure of Chhattisgarh cadre DGP TJ Longkumer, “whereas the UPSC’s letter dated 1st April 2022 to the Government of Nagaland clearly states that “only officers of Nagaland Cadre are required to be included in the eligibility list…” it said.

According to the ACAUT, it is not clear whether the Government of Nagaland has responded to the UPSC letter as yet. However, it said that the Government of Nagaland “did in fact write to the Ministry of Home Affairs (GoI) seeking extension of TJ Longkumer’s tenure for another six months and MHA (GOI) in its response letter to Government of Nagaland dated 31st August 2022 conveyed the approval of Appointments Committee of the cabinet extension of service as well as extension of inter cadre deputation tenure of TJ Longkumer for a period of 6 months.”

The issue here, the ACAUT explained, was that the MHA “only mentions inter-Cadre deputation and not in the capacity as DGP-cum-head of police force (HoPF) as this would be in contravention to the UPSC service rules guidelines.”

In this connection, ACAUT Nagaland stated that the service extension of Longkumer in the capacity of DGP “is illegal, which will bear many legal backlashes.”

It further stated that the chief minister of Nagaland, in his letter to home minister Amit Shah dated August 25, 2022, has sought the extension tenure of TJ Longkumer for 6 months until election time. “While in his recent speech he is on record to have said that those opposing the extension of the tenure of TJ Longkumer should take up the matter with MHA since it has nothing to do with the state government such blatant lie only confirms the speculation and fear that this is a deliberate and a sinister ploy on the part of the Government of Nagaland to weaponise the police forces for the upcoming general elections,” it claimed.

Condemning the “illegal and sinister ploy,” ACAUT Nagaland stated that it would fight tooth and nail against such devious activities.

It also demanded that Longkumer should not “tarnish his illustrious career at the twilight of his career but retire gracefully and uphold the dignity of the respectable police forces by not succumbing, and become an instrument of the politicians.”

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