Contradictions in claims of there being no fake COIs: SIBLAC

December 23, 2019

Gangtok, 22 Dec:

Claims that there are no fake Certificates of Identification in Sikkim are “totally wrong” and “contradictory,” SIBLAC convenor, Tseten Tashi Bhutia, claimed at a press conference here today.

His comments were in response to such a report submitted by the Committee instituted to look into allegations that there fake and forged COIs in circulation in the State.

Mr Bhutia said that the findings of this committee were in contradiction with an Order issued by the Additional District Collector (East) cancelling the COIs of a person here and his entire family after the same were found to have been acquired fraudulently.

These two episodes are contradictory to each other and the report an attempt to mislead the Judiciary, Mr Bhutia insisted.

It was on the basis of this report that the case filed on the basis of allegations that there were 31,000 fake COIs in circulation in Sikkim was dismissed, he argued.

The ADC-East’s order in question, Mr Bhutia added, also led to the cancellation of all movable and immovable properties and documents procured on the strength of CoI in question.

He further informed that SIBLAC will submit a memorandum to the government requesting re-verification of Sikkim Subject Certificates and CoIs.

Chong Bhutia and Nim Pintso Bhutia who had filed the case of fake COIs also addressed the press conference and released copies of the order of the ADC.

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