Ampareen Lyngdoh | File photo

Meghalaya law minister and NPP candidate for the Lok Sabha polls from Shillong constituency, Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh stated she has not faced conviction by any court in the alleged education scam, emphasizing that no political groups should capitalize on the accusation and portray it as a conviction.

“I want to affirm that the case is under trial. I have never been convicted at any stage. Let no political group exploit this to depict it as a conviction,” Lyngdoh said to journalists on November 30 evening.

Asserting that the truth will triumph, the law minister stated: “I stand by that. I won’t elaborate but I have confidence in the truth prevailing. Don’t exploit it because eventually there will be consequences for all of this. I won’t say more.”

“No person is guilty until proven otherwise. Use it, throw that ball around, I am not afraid because I am doing greater things. And when I go to court, I know what is being discussed not any man on the streets or politicians who will be trying to bat with that with me. I am ready I’ll take you on,” Lyngdoh remarked.

The CBI had filed charges against Lyngdoh and retired government officials, JD Sangma and Ameka Lyngdoh for allegedly manipulating score sheets of candidates in the notorious education scam of 2009.

The ongoing criminal lawsuit against the Meghalaya minister involves infractions under Sections 120-B, 420, 467, 468, 471, and 201 of the Indian Penal Code, as well as Section 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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