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Lottery scam

Kohima, July 24: The Opposition Congress today raised the issue of the Rs 38,000-crore lottery scam of 1998 in the Nagaland Assembly. S.C. Jamir was the chief minister and finance minister at the time.

The Comptroller and Auditor General had unearthed the scam.

According to the CAG report, lottery tickets worth Rs 38,297 crore had not been credited to the government account. CLP leader Tokheho Yepthomi said the Computer Aided Information and Research Services (M/s CAIRS) also owed the state government Rs 77 crore and the matter is said to be in court as the company has refused to pay. The company had bagged the distribution rights of Nagaland lottery.

“We do not know if the cabinet ministers are aware of the case. The company has now filed a counter affidavit in the court stating that they do not owe the government anything,” he added.

Yepthomi alleged that state lotteries department had floated a tender and the firm which offered Rs 35,000 per draw was rejected while the firm with the lowest offer of Rs 15,000 per draw was granted the tender, resulting in a huge loss of revenue to the state. He demanded an explanation from chief minister T.R. Zeliang.