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NGOs demand criminal cases against MLAs
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUN 21:
Published on 21 Jun. 2010 11:47 PM IST
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Fifteen social organisations Monday demanded criminal cases against legislators for producing ‘fake and inflated’ bills on a European junket in 2006.
“We have asked Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh to expedite cases against those legislators and Assembly officials involved in defrauding the government exchequer or else it would send a wrong message to the public,” Steering Committee Against Murder of Democracy (SCAMOD) Spokesman Hamletson Dohling said.
On March 26, the SCAMOD based on the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) reports had lodged a complaint of criminal breach of trust against the 15 legislators and two assembly officials.
In its reports, the CAG revealed that 15 legislators and two assembly secretariat staff produced fake and inflated bills to claim an extra Rs.1.67 crore on a day’s study tour of British parliament in 2006.
The one-day study tour later turned out to be 10-day trip to Holland, France and Italy without securing the mandatory Union external affairs ministry and the department of economic affairs.
According to SCAMOD the police were reluctant to pursue the case as it involved high profile politicians.
Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh, however, said that the government cannot take up the issue as Assembly Speaker Charles Pyngrope referred the matter to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). “It will be contempt of the House (assembly) if we (government) interfere into it. The speaker had said that the matter will be dealt by the PAC,” Lyngdoh said.
Martin M. Danggo, the then speaker who had led the European tour was not inducted in the two-month Mukul Sangma-led ministry due to the alleged scam against him.
Independent legislator Manas Chaudhuri, who was member of the delegation, had said the legislators had nothing to do with the tour itinerary.
Senior NCP legislator Timothy D.Shira, who was also on the tour, said he is also ready to refund the dues.

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