Meghalaya power minister James Sangma
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Shillong: Meghalaya power minister James Sangma on Monday lashed out at Congress MLA Zenith Sangma over the demand to remove him (James) as power minister to carry out a free and fair inquiry into the alleged corruption charges in the Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL).

The power minister, who has time and again been attacked over his portfolio after several irregularities in the MeECL, felt Zenith Sangma should be careful about his choice of words since he is a leader.

The independent inquiry in the MeECL irregularities is headed by a retired Judge. To make such insinuations is akin to casting aspersions on the character of a High Court Judge said James.

He lashed out at the Opposition, stating, “The Opposition is bereft of ideas. They have nothing more to say than making silly demands for the removal of ministers. I think that despite all the talk of the Opposition trying to play a constructive, role this is going in the opposite direction.”

Congress Spokesperson Zenith Sangma on Sunday had reiterated the demand for the removal of James Sangma so that there can be a “free and fair” inquiry into the alleged corruption.

“The Minister is the head having the supreme executive power in the Power department. Therefore, it is obvious that anybody in that position can destroy or manipulate the evidence or tamper the submission of the relevant documents before the Inquiry Commission,” mentioned Zenith in his statement.

On May 5, 2021, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma had ordered an independent inquiry into the charges of corruption and other irregularities in Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL).

He had informed that this inquiry will be headed by a retired judge and there will be two other members from the administration, a retired officer and a technical person. The inquiry will look into work done in the last 10 years since the inception of MeECL, and the inquiry committee will get a time frame of 4-6 months to submit a report.

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