Meghalaya Additional Chief Secretary PS Thangkhiew and former legislators Sniawbhalang Dhar and Donkupar Massar, besides Jowai South MDC Moonlight Pariat managed to secure interim anticipatory bail to evade arrest by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the education scam that rocked the hill state just at the beginning of the new year.
The CBI had booked Meghalaya’s PWD Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh and state’s Additional Chief Secretary P S Thangkhiew over alleged manipulation of score sheets in the recruitment of teachers in 2008-09.
It is learnt the District Sessions Court granted interim bail to them on January 15 will hear the matter on January 24.
It is alleged that Dhar, Massar and Pariat, among other politicians, had recommended the names of candidates for appointment by tampering the score sheets in the selection of the posts of assistant teachers in lower primary schools in the year 2008-2009.
The action of the CBI was following the direction of the High Court of Meghalaya to probe the criminal aspects regarding the education scam.
The CBI report had named Ampareen and then education official JD Sangma for their alleged involvement in the manipulation of marks.
The other politicians found to have recommended their own candidates include, present Deputy Chief Minister, R C Laloo (37 candidates), Mawkynrew MLA, Remington Pyngrope (47), former minister and Nartiang MLA, Sniawbhalang Dhar (37), Raksamkre MLA, Limison D Sangma (34), former minister and Pynursla MLA, Prestone Tynsong (20), State Urban Affairs Minister (Mylliem MLA), Ronnie V Lyngdoh (15), former minister and Pynthorumkhrah MLA, A L Hek (7), South Shillong MLA, Sanbor Shullai (3), former MLA, R L Tariang (29), former MLA, J A Lyngdoh (6), former Assembly Speaker, Charles Pyngrope (3), former MLA, Donkupar Massar (2), member of district council, M Pariat (11), former MLA, L Malngiang (4), and F War, adviser to former Chief Minister (3).
The CBI is likely to file charge sheet against the accused within January.