‘Let law take its own course’, CM on allegations of sexual assault against Thomas Sangma

‘Let law take its own course’, CM on allegations of sexual assault against Thomas Sangma

Shillong, Jun 3: State Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Thursday said the law will take its own course on the allegations of sexual assault case with regards to the alleged sexual offence case filed against his adviser Thomas Sangma.

Stating that since the case was of a “very personal matter”, Sangma said, “It would not be appropriate for the government to respond as it is something that has happened at an individual level and investigation was underway.”

However, Sangma said that the government would ensure that the law of the land is upheld.

“As a government, the only thing that we can ensure and assure is that law will take its own course. We will ensure there is proper investigation that takes place, we will ensure that truth comes out with and that there is no influence or no pressure from anywhere in any way to affect the investigation process…that is the only thing that the government can say from its side,” the Chief Minister asserted

Earlier, this week a woman filed an FIR with the East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police against Thomas Sangma, who is also general secretary of the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) for allegedly sexually assaulting her since January last year.

A case was registered and investigation has already started, Superintendent of Police, East Khasi Hills district, Sylvester Nongtnger said.

Opposition Congress legislator leader and chairperson of the Assembly Committee for Empowerment of Women, Ampareen Lyngdoh had demanded the Assembly Speaker to remove Thomas Sangma as member of the different House committees.

On whether the government would take action by removing the rape accused legislator as adviser to the Chief Minister, Sangma, however, maintained that it would “not be fair to just jump to conclusion without any investigation being done”.

“It will be very unfair for us to simply jump into conclusion. It will be appropriate for us to ensure that we are fair to everybody that includes both the people concerned. Therefore, only a proper investigation and the facts once they come out will give light to the entire situation and then we can take necessary action and we will take action if that is the case,” the Chief Minister iterated.