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CMO files defamation case

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 Feb 2018 12:00 AM GMT


Itagar, Feb 23: Days after lodging of a rape complaint against the present Chief Minister Pema Khandu by an Aruchalee lady with the tiol Commission for Women (NCW), which subsequently ‘refused’ to entertain the same, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on Thursday said that a civil lawsuit for defamation has been filed against Pema Samchung Flago, in the court of law.

The CMO said it found ‘the entire case as legally liable for a defamation lawsuit against the so-called complaint and not to gain any monetary or political mileage, but to send a clear message to the complaint as well as her accomplices and anybody else lurking to indulge in similar acts of dirty politics that truth and justice always prevail’.

The alleged crime was purportedly committed in 2008, when the present Chief Minister was a citizen holding no office in the government. However, a complaint was lodged with the police in December 2015 – seven years later – when he had become a Cabinet Minister in the Aruchal Pradesh Government.

The timing of filing the complaint is highly questioble as it must be noted that during that period of time dissidence within the ruling party government in Aruchal Pradesh was at its height, and Pema Khandu was one of the prominent leaders in the dissidence movement, the CMO said in a statement.

During the early part of 2016, the complaint had approached the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) praying for an order in her favour by initiating judicial action against the alleged ‘accused’.

Going through the deliberations of the complaint’s counsel and documents submitted, the Court ultimately came to a decision that her allegations held no merit and therefore, refused to issue an order as prayed for and dismissed the case.

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