Call centre scam: CM denies allegations, says Mukul desperate

Shillong, Nov 28: A day after Leader of Opposition, Dr. Mukul Sangma accused Chief Minister Conrad Sangma of derailing investigation into the SS Netcom Scam, Conrad slammed back stating that the allegations just shows desperation on the part of opposition.

“I think this entire process of these allegations that have been made reflect deep sense of desperation on behalf of the LO. It looks like they are running out of issues relating to governance and now they are sorting to personal attacks on personal family level which is very unfortunate,” he stated.

In response to allegations of tampering evidence, and transferring the inspectors investigating the case, he said there was no interference from their part.  

“This was a case that happened in 2017… Even after government changed, investigation went on for another year, if we had tried to interfere then the transfers would have been made immediately when we were in power, which was not the case,” he said.

Conrad stated that the transfer of cops was just a routine transfer. “It was a routine transfer not at all done with any kind of intention as being alleged by LO.”

Adding further, he reminded that in the case of a prostitution racket run out a guest house owned by former Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh during congress regime, the investigating officer in the case was transferred within a month.

On the issue of SS Netcom, he explained that the company was set up as the first call centre in northeast servicing telecom companies, however SS Netcom decided to stop the business owing to competition in the market.

To get back the amount invested, SS Netcom decided to rent out their premises, the Chief Minister stated.

“Eight to Nine came and they rented the place and even as we speak now the premises are being rented out to many agencies,” he said, adding that the SS Netcom had simply rented their premises to the accused company IFA.

“When leasing/renting takes place we all know that there is a due process, there has to be an NOC (No objection certificate) by the SP, there has to be NOC from District Councils, there has to be NOC by Rangbah Shnongs and during that phase NOCs were taken from all these agencies,” he said.

He added that if the LO is alleging that due diligence should have been done, “it was done by non-other than the SP at that time so process was followed, procedure was done and rented out and concerned individuals were running operation from there,” he said.

The Chief Minister added that investigations into the case has concluded and the accused persons have been arrested.

On questions why the government hasn’t called a meeting of the state security commission, he said that it was due to disturbances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and prior to that owing to agitations against Citizen Amendment Act.

“When situation improves we will call (the meeting) regularly,” he said. 

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