Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Accused in Dima Hasao funds diversion scam convicted

GUWAHATI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court convicted Samir Ahmed, an accused in the multi-crore Dima Hasao funds diversion scam, for three years on Friday.
Ahmed is one of the 16 people chargesheeted by the NIA for diversion of government funds to the coffers of the Jewel Gorlosa faction of Dima Halam Daogah (DHD). According to the NIA, the money - allegedly around Rs 1,000 crore - was used by DHD (J) to procure arms and ammunition to wage war against the nation.
Ahmed is already undergoing a jail term of three years after he was convicted last year. Ahmed had confessed his involvement in the crime before a magistrate here on June 20. Ahmed was arrested by NIA on charges of facilitating DHD (Jewel) chairman Jewel Garlosa's stay in Bangalore and also helping him in getting fake identity documents. He was a close aide of Gorlosa.
"The NIA court on Friday convicted him for three years. However, Ahmed is likely to be out of jail soon as he is in judicial custody since his arrest with Garlosa from Bangalore on June 3, 2009," said Asim Talukdar, counsel of Ahmed.
Ahmed, an employee of a multinational bank, hails from Dibrugarh. He is also said to be a classmate of Partha Warisa, an alleged DHD-J cadre.
Earlier, NIA had submitted a petition in court praying for grant of pardon to Ahmed, allowing him to be a witness in the case after he recorded a voluntary confessional statement before a magistrate and expressed his willingness to become an approver.

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