SHILLONG, Sept 5 - Leader of the Opposition in the Meghalaya Assembly Mukul Sangma on Wednesday accused Chief Minister Conrad Sangma of being �involved� in illegal transportation of coal in the State.
Alleging that the government machinery is being misused for the illegal transportation of coal, the former Chief Minister told journalists: �The kind of modus operandi that is in operation today under the direct command of the Chief Minister and other people who are partners in crime is going to create a dangerous situation in the State in the years to come.�
The Congress legislator alleged that the ruling National People�s Party (NPP)-led Government has been engaged in changing the inventory of the stock of mined coal in the State and misinformed the Supreme Court to get a certain kind of leverage for further transportation of coal which does not exist. �This exercise is going on under the patronage of the Chief Minister,� he alleged.
The Opposition leader said he would take up the issue with the National Green Tribunal (NGT), and the NGT-appointed committee, and ask them to verify all those claims which have been placed as part of the inventory.
�There is no dearth of means to get the correct information. Without losing time, this has to be verified. Otherwise, the whole issue of existence of any tribunal or authorities to regulate the errant behaviour of the people engaging in illegal mining will be a mockery of the existing law,� Mukul Sangma said. � IANS