Wednesday, 5 September 2007
It happens only in India
Moni Kumar Subba, the Congress MP from Tezpur in Assam, has for 16 years lied that he is an Indian. The truth is he is a Nepalese, and he is a criminal.
A report by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) says Subba is a Nepali national originally named Moni Raj Limbo, who escaped from the Illam prison in Nepal while serving sentence for murder.
Subba has always insisted that he is not Limbo though his brother and father use the surname. But Subba himself has given his game away.
In an affidavit filed before the Tezpur magistrate’s court on October 3, 1985, the politician admitted that Moni Raj Limbo and Moni Kumar Subba are the same person.
Subba was a building contractor then and signed the affidavit to get payment for bills issued under his earlier name of Moni Raj Limbo. And there is more evidence to suspect that Moni Raj Subba and Moni Raj Limbo are the same person.
Subba recently told the Supreme Court that he was born in Dabgram in West Bengal on March 16, 1958, but CNN-IBN found that the MP’s passport issued on July 5, 1993 says he was born in Harmoty in Lakhimpur district of Assam.
Then again if Subba was born in Dabgram, West Bengal, why did he tell the XII Lok Sabha that he was born in Tezpur in Assam, on March 16, 1951—that is the date which appears in his profile on the Lok Sabha website.
Subba’s affidavit before the Supreme Court, his passport and the birth date on the Lok Sabha’s website are lies but yet no action has been taken against the politician.
In March 2007, after CNN-IBN exposed Subba, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee ruled that the Lok Sabha didn’t have the authority to sack the MP.
Subba, escaped convict from Nepal, remains Honourable MP in India.