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Govt initiates process of withdrawing cases against pro-ILP leaders

SHILLONG: The State Government has initiated the process of withdrawing criminal cases registered under Meghalaya Maintenance of Public Order (MMPO) Act against the leaders of various pro-ILP pressure groups, who spearheaded the agitation demanding the implementation of ILP in 2013.
The KSU president Daniel Khriem, who was arrested in connection with the case on May 7, is still in jail as he insisted for unconditional release.
An official source said on Wednesday that after a direction from the State Cabinet, the law department will write to the Judge who will be heading the Special Court to consider withdrawal of pending criminal cases.
After the Judge of the Special Court R. Rymbai was transferred to Williamnagar, the Special Court is yet to be re-constituted.
“We will write to the Judge of the Special Court once it is constituted by the High Court”, the official added
Asked whether the  Judge would be able to withdraw as many as 92 pending cases against the pressure groups without the consent of the complainants, the official said the decision was upto the Judge.
However, even after the withdrawal of criminal cases under MMPO Act, the damage suit of over Rs 31 crore which is civil in nature will be followed up by the Government.