Shillong: Amid the rape accusations against MLA Thomas Sangma, National Peoples’ Party (NPP) National President Conrad K Sangma on Thursday said that though it is a personal matter, the government would ensure that the law applies to him like everyone else. 

“Only thing we can assure and ensure from the end of the government is that law will take its course and ensure that a proper investigation takes place,” said Sangma.

He also ensured that truth would come out with proper investigation and that there was no influence or pressure from anywhere in any way that would affect the investigation process.

When asked if he would have the MLA removed, he said, “We can’t jump to any conclusion without an investigation. Let the investigations be done, and we will take necessary steps and actions accordingly,” assured Sangma.

On June 1, an FIR was filed against North Tura MLA, Thomas Sangma of rape on the pretext of marriage. The victim had given a detailed description in the FIR of the rape accusations against the MLA.

Superintendent of Police Sylvester Nongtnger informed EastMojo that a case has already been registered, and an investigation is underway. Nongtnger informed that a case has been filed under 376/506 IPC.

The victim, who is currently under personal medical treatment, said that she has not been able to go for the medical examination due to her health conditions. The victim informed EastMojo on Thursday that in two or three days she will go for medical examinations as instructed by the police.

When asked if she was receiving any pressure to withdraw the case, she said there has been no pressure and also added the police have been very helpful to her.

The victim, however, was upset that her picture was circulating on social media which went viral. She said that she will file a case against this issue and her lawyer will be taking actions.

Chairperson of the Assembly Committee for Women Empowerment, Congress MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh, on Wednesday had written to the Speaker demanding the removal of Meghalaya NPP MLA Thomas Sangma, accused of rape, from the House Committees. She had also cited an example of the case of Julius Dorphang, who was removed from Committees in 2017 by the Speaker AT Mondal after an FIR for sexual assault was registered, Lyngdoh urged the Speaker to remove the concerned member.

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