I write this letter as a concerned citizen for the functioning and the style of governance within the NSCN (I-M) Organization.
The specific case is this: Mr. B. Kolo from Taphou Pudunamei village had borrowed Rs. 20,000/- Twenty thousand from Mr. Khai of Ngamju village some years back. The dispute between the debtor and the creditor is related to converting the interest into principal amount thereby the debtor had to pay more than Rs. 20 (twenty) lakhs to the creditor which the debtor had refused to pay as that was not the original agreement.
The debtor was willing to pay back the principal amount with the interest but creditor refused. To resolve the dispute between the two individuals the two respective villages of the debtor and the creditor sat together to thrash out the solution but failed. Therefore, as per normal procedure the appeal court should have been NPO or Naga People’s Organization.
But contrary to the normal procedure Mr. Khai went to the Central Administrative Organization of the NSCN (I-M) which does not have magisterial power or judicial power. But unfortunately CAO of NSCN (I-M) accepted and passed judgement in favour of Mr. Khai. The case should have gone to the regional judicial board as per the rule or law of NSCN (I-M). Consequently Mr. B. Kolo as an appellant went to the National Judicial Board of the NSCN (I-M).
When the case is subjudice in the highest court, the Central Administrative Officer of the NSCN (I-M) demanded Rs. 50,000/- (fifty thousand) as ‘Right to Appeal Money’ from Mr. Kolo, whereas, on the contrary to this the indigent persons are entitled to get expenses for court case from the State in any universally accepted prevailing legal system. There is no such ‘right to appeal money in any court.
Even the Chairman or Convener of the NJB or National Judicial Board of the NSCN (I-M) also clearly said that there is no such concept of ‘right to appeal money’. Without the order and notice from NJB how CAO can demand Rs. 50,000/-? Since there is no such rule, the debtor Mr. Kolo refused to pay. Consequently his house was put under lock and key by CAO despite the matter is subjudice in the highest appellate body.
This was brought to the notice of the Chairman National Judicial Board, Chairman of the Steering Committee NSCN (I-M) and some other authorities. But nothing is done so far. Further, without giving any formal warrant to Mr. Kolo, he is detained in the office of the CAO of the NSCN (I-M) for the past few days.
On demand from the village of Mr. Kolo the charge sheet has been given to the village authorities. The NSCN (I-M) top leadership is doing nothing about all such unjust activities by their subordinate officer which creates serious doubts and casts cloud on the whole justice delivery system. I completely failed to understand the kind of system prevailing within the NSCN (I-M) Organization who is fighting for the freedom, sovereignty, dignity and welfare of the Naga public.
Do we consider that they still deserve to enjoy the legitimacy and complete support of the public? I am not sure. Please, I earnestly request to stop NSCN (I-M) leadership to respond in the interest of the Naga public. Such incident seems to be just a tip of the iceberg of the decadence of the organization.
Xavier Pfokrehe Mao
A concerned citizen.