(Eds: With CM's quote) Shillong, Jun 3 (PTI) An FIR has been lodged against ruling NPP MLA Thomas Sangma in Meghalaya's East Khasi Hills district, after a woman accused him of rape on the pretext of marriage, a police officer said.
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma gave assurance that law will take its own course in the case.
According to the complainant, Sangma, who befriended her three months ago, was now forcing her to abort the child she has conceived, East Khasi Hills district SP Sylvester Nongtynger said.
The woman has sought lawful action against the person and protection from the state police.
She said in her complaint that she was aware that the North Tura legislator, who is also the chief adviser to CM Conrad K Sangma, is married, but took forward the relationship, nevertheless, as the MLA had promised to divorce his wife and marry her.
The complainant further added that earlier, too, she had lodged a complaint, but was forced to retract it after coming under pressure from the former MP.
'We have registered a case in the matter on June 1. An investigation is underway,the SP said.
The CM, on his part, underlined that a proper investigation would be carried out in the matter.
'Something happened at the individual level. The only thing that we can ensure is that the law gets to take its own course. We will see to it that the truth comes out with proper investigation and that there is no influence or pressure from anywhere... That is the only thing that the government can do from its side,' the CM told journalists here.
Opposition Congress leader and chairperson of the state Assembly panel for women empowerment, Ampareen Lyngdoh, has written to Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, seeking the accused MLA's dismissal from all House committees.
'The allegation of sexual assault is very disappointing... As the chairperson of the Assembly committee for empowerment of women, I am committed to ensure that justice is not denied to both parties, especially to the woman,' she said in a letter to Speaker.
Efforts to contact the North Tura MLA did not yield any result. PTI JOP RMS RMS