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Meghalaya: NPP leader faces rape charge, Cong urge speaker to remove him from house committees

The Meghalaya Congress on Wednesday urged the Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh to remove National People’s Party (NPP) MLA Thomas A. Sangma from the various Assembly committees because a case for abusing a woman was filed against him.

A woman had lodged an FIR against the NPP leader for allegedly “abusing her sexually“.

The victim accused Sangma for raped her on different occasions at her residence and at a Hotel in Shillong.

Sangma is a MLA from North Tura (ST) assembly seat.

East Khasi Hills district Superintendent of police S. Nongtnger said that probe is on into the complaint.

Congress legislator and Chairperson of Assembly committee for empowerment of women, Ampareen Lyngdoh in his letter to the Speaker demanded removal of Sangma from different assembly committees because of the seriousness of the charges against him.

“As the head of the Assembly Committee for the Empowerment of Women, I am committed to ensuring that justice is not denied especially to women,” Lyngdoh stated.

Lyngdoh cited the removal of former MLA Julius Dorphang from a few assembly committees in 2017 after an FIR was filed against him for sexual assault.

Sangma is the Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Estimates and a member of the Public Accounts Committee.

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