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TURA, July 24 - The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been asked to conduct the investigation into the first ever Lokayukta case of Meghalaya, in a hearing held in Shillong today.

The case pertains to alleged corruption by a member of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), Ismail Marak. The case was filed by social activist Nilbath Ch Marak after an RTI revealed anomalies in the implementation of the GHADC development funds for 2017-2018.

The MDC allegedly gave contracts to the tune of Rs 1 crore to his two friends, Nikseng Sangma and Kubon Sangma, with no project being implemented on the ground.

�The Lokayukta Commissioner has called for the CBI to take over the investigation in the case as it was not happy with the investigation by the local police team. The CBI is supposed to file a charge sheet in the case by the next hearing on August 27,� said lawyer Pillan T Sangma, who is representing Nilbath.

The Lokayukta Commission also sought the constitution of a prosecution wing to be functional under a director.

�The case has been given to the CBI as there is no prosecution wing for the Lokayukta. In this regard, the Lokayukta Commission has directed the Chief Secretary for the creation of a prosecution wing under the aegis of a director. This is to be done under Section 25A of the CRPC,� added the lawyer.

The lawyer also stated that affidavits of their response in the current case were also filed by the three accused in the case.

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CBI asked to probe corruption case in Garo Hills

TURA, July 24 - The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been asked to conduct the investigation into the first ever Lokayukta case of Meghalaya, in a hearing held in Shillong today.

The case pertains to alleged corruption by a member of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), Ismail Marak. The case was filed by social activist Nilbath Ch Marak after an RTI revealed anomalies in the implementation of the GHADC development funds for 2017-2018.

The MDC allegedly gave contracts to the tune of Rs 1 crore to his two friends, Nikseng Sangma and Kubon Sangma, with no project being implemented on the ground.

�The Lokayukta Commissioner has called for the CBI to take over the investigation in the case as it was not happy with the investigation by the local police team. The CBI is supposed to file a charge sheet in the case by the next hearing on August 27,� said lawyer Pillan T Sangma, who is representing Nilbath.

The Lokayukta Commission also sought the constitution of a prosecution wing to be functional under a director.

�The case has been given to the CBI as there is no prosecution wing for the Lokayukta. In this regard, the Lokayukta Commission has directed the Chief Secretary for the creation of a prosecution wing under the aegis of a director. This is to be done under Section 25A of the CRPC,� added the lawyer.

The lawyer also stated that affidavits of their response in the current case were also filed by the three accused in the case.

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