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Mukul requests Administrator’s Rule in GHADC and inquiry into corruption

Shillong, Sep 15: Leader of the Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma has written to Governor Satya Pal Malik to request an inquiry into persistent allegations of corruption in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) and for Administrator’s Rule to be initiated in the council.
“The allegations are serious in nature and revolve around alleged misappropriation and siphoning off of crores of rupees from the developmental fund provided to the GHADC for the development of backward tribal areas and for the welfare of our poor tribal residents,” Dr Sangma said in a letter to the Governor today.
He also expressed apprehension that, because he believes the allegations have substance, there is a move to destroy evidence of the alleged corruption “by the people in authority”.
The dire straits to which the GHADC has sunk has also brought “untold sufferings” the council’s employees, Dr Sangma added, as they have not been paid their salaries for the last two years, which has crippled the function of the GHADC.
In light of this, the Congress Party leader asked that the Executive Committee be relieved of its powers with the imposition of Administrator’s Rule as per provisions of the Sixth Schedule of the constitution. He also requested an independent inquiry into the allegations of corruption.
A delay in action would, Dr Sangma said, “facilitate the people involved in the alleged corruption to get off scot-free, embolden corrupt people and thus perpetuate corruption.”