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Five cases pending against state’s lawmakers in courts

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SHILLONG, April 30: The High Court of Meghalaya on Tuesday heard a matter pertaining to cases pending against MLAs and MPs.
A report was received from the Office of the District & Sessions Judge on Tuesday indicating that there are four pending cases in East Khasi Hills District, Shillong. The previous status report had mentioned three pending cases in the district.
“…perusal of the earlier status report indicates that in the Court of Special Judge (PMLA), another matter is pending being complaint case under Section 45 PMLA Act, for which the status has not been provided,” the court said.
Further, government advocate R Colney submitted that in West Jaintia Hills district, one case is pending against a former MLA which is at the stage of evidence.
The court ordered the Registry to obtain the correct position and status from the Office of the District & Sessions Judge, East Khasi Hills District, Shillong.
The high court had earlier instructed the District and Sessions Judges of each district to provide reports on any matters that are currently ongoing in their courts against MLAs and MPs.
The high court high has registered a suo-motu case has been filed under the title “Designated Courts for MPs/MLAs to monitor disposal in accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision”.
A case is pending in the Court of the Special Judge (CBI) against Cabinet Minister and NPP’s Shillong East MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh under Sections 120B, 420, 467, 468, 471, 201 of IPC and Section 13(2) and Section 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
One case is pending in the Court of the Special Judge (PMLA) against former Congress legislator from Umroi, Stanlywiss Rymbai under Sections 120B, 423 IPC and Section 13(C) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Another case is pending in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Shillong, against former cabinet minister Deborah Ch Marak under Section 120-B, 171F and 506 of IPC.
The rwere no details available with regard to the fourth case registered in East Khasi Hills.
A case is pending in the Court of Special Judge (POCSO), West Jaintia Hills, against former Mawhati MLA Julius Kitbok Dorphang under Sections 5(c)(I)and 6 of the POCSO Act.

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