SC dismisses petition challenging single-member Lokayukta, order on GHADC scam

Shillong, Aug 4: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed as withdrawn a Special Leave Petition filed by former secretary GHADC Hewingson Sangma who was chargesheeted along with 12 others in connection with a scam in GHADC.

SC order of August 4

Hewingson moved the apex court challenging the July 10 order of the division bench of the High Court of Meghalaya which did not give any relief to the petitioner who questioned the validity of Lokayukta Act following the charge sheet order.


Besides Hewingson, others chargesheeted on May 18 this year by the Lokayukta under  section 7 and 12 of Prevention of Corruption Act are former GHADC CEM Boston Marak, former Executive Members Mark Goera Marak, Jimbirth Marak, Levastone Sangma, Righteous Sangma, Rupert Sangma, Kenedick Marak, Dhormonath Sangma, former deputy Executive Member Winnison Marak, ex-MDC Ismail Marak, and the contractors Kubon Sangma and Nikseng Sangma.

The complaint before the Lokayukta was filed by Nilberth Marak in 2019 for non- implementation of the project allotted to the Asanang GHADC constituency, West Garo Hills represented by Ismail.

Advocate PT Sangma, who filed a caveat in the supreme court, had represented Nilberth.

As many as 49 projects were allotted to Asanang constituency for 2017-2018 and the projects were given to the two contractors, Kubon and Nikseng.

Following the inquiry it was found that out of 49 developmental projects that were to be implemented/constructed under Asanang constituency, only one graveyard shed was constructed at Balupara and one water tank at Daljagre.

As per the reply to RTI query, Rs 1 crore for all the 49 projects was allotted to the constituency.

In a different case related to GHADC, the Lokayukta on July 28 charge sheeted 12 persons including  NPP MLA Sanjay Sangma, a former contractor, for alleged misappropriation of funds while constructing members’ hostel in Tura.

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