Police fails to book indicted legislators, NGO cries foul

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in November 2012

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Nov 30: State police Friday failed to register a case against those involved in the infamous education job scam unearthed by the CBI which has raised concern from several quarters in the state. However, the police is still seeking the permission of the Court to add relevant sections to a one year old case.
Mentionably, on November 22 last, the court of First Class Judicial Magistrate I Rymbui directed the police to register cases against those involved in the job scam unearthed by the CBI, in which cabinet Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh and several other Congress legislators have been indicted of involvement in tampering the marks of candidates.

However East Khasi Hills district police chief M Kharkrang in a compliance report to a local court here has instead prayed to the court to allow the police to include the FIR as part of the case records of an FIR which was lodged last year at the same police station, of which a case has already been registered.
The police said the case registered last year is “under investigation”.
“It is kindly prayed that Sections 120B/167/466/34 IPC may be inserted in addition to the above section (section 408 IPC) following the disclosure of offences in the FIR submitted,” Kharkrang said.
Meanwhile, CSWO President Agnes Kharshiing lambasted the police for allegedly protecting the politicians and officials involved in the scam unearthed by the CBI.
“The case was kept in cold storage and since there was pressure to register the latest FIR, they have dug out the old case that was practically closed,” Kharshiing said while reacting to the compliance report.
She said, “Section 468 of IPC which is forgery for the purpose of cheating has been avoided. The sections were intentionally put in such a way in order to help the main conspirators.”
It may also be mentioned here that on November 7 last, MRTIM and CSWO sought police action against the state Ministers and legislators named by the CBI in the job scam report.
The CBI had named five cabinet ministers, the Assembly Speaker and six legislators in the Congress-led coalition government besides other politicians for tampering with the score-sheets of the candidates applying for the post of assistant teachers in 2010.
“It is an open corruption by the legislators in the history of Meghalaya and as such, stringent action is warranted and the persons who have committed white collared crimes need to be punished as per law of the land,” RTI activists Angela Rangad and Kharshiing said in an FIR lodged with the East Khasi Hills district police Chief.


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