Shillong, Nov. 13: The Shillong bench of Gauhati High Court yesterday granted bail to a religious leader who has been accused of committing crimes against children.
Justice T. Vaiphei granted the bail to Rev. Sang Kunga Miller of the New Life Church who has been in custody for the past 45 days.
“Considering the fact that the accused is 65 years old and a diabetic as well, and also the fact that he has been in custody for 45 days, I am of the view that he is entitled to be released on bail,” Justice Vaiphei said in his order yesterday.
However, Miller will be entitled to the bail only if he executes a PR bond of Rs 50,000 with one surety of the like amount to the satisfaction of the magistrate first class, Shillong.
“Needless to say that the accused shall cooperate with the investigation and shall also not intimidate the prosecution witness or tamper with the evidence,” Justice Vaiphei said.
Miller, 65, was arrested on September 28 evening, and has been accused of rape, molestation, exploitation and sexual abuse against minors in the hostel run by him known as the New Life Home. He also runs Beth Memorial School.
The church leader was arrested following complaints lodged by the president of the Civil Society Women’s Organisation Agnes Kharshiing on September 27.