Shillong, Oct. 1: The Meghalaya government was today moved to provide sanction for prosecuting director-general (prisons) Kulbir Krishan.
The legal counsel of jailed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) chairman Champion R. Sangma, Sujit Dey submitted a petition to chief secretary W.M.S. Pariat seeking sanction for prosecuting Krishan.
Krishan had alleged that Dey bribed jailor Felicita Wahlang of Shillong district jail.
Krishan had also sent a report to principal secretary home (jails) Hector Marwein wherein he pointed out glaring anomalies, including alleged circulation of money on the jail premises through Dey.
It was alleged that the amount was used not only to provide extra facilities to the undertrial prisoner but also to influence other prisoners in the jail.
“I do not acknowledge such statements. They are false, malafide and have been published with the intention to defame my reputation and tarnish my image,” Dey told reporters this evening.
“From media reports, it appears that the statements made were motivated. It also appears that those were made to divert the attention from the demand of the district jail staff to remove him from the post of director-general.”
On seeking sanction to prosecute Krishan, Dey said: “I have sought sanction at an early date for the prosecution of the director-general (prisons) under the provisions of law.”
He said a legal notice had been served to Krishan and he would also move a criminal and civil defamation case against the top cop.
He said Champion would never run away from jail as he intends to contest the 2013 Assembly polls. “A person who intends to contest elections will never run away from jail,” Dey said.
Champion’s wife Enritha N. Marak, told reporters over phone that from Krishan’s statements it appeared that the officer wanted to divert the attention from the demand for his removal. “The statements were also made to pave the way for himself to become the next director-general of police. But I pray that he (Krishan) never gets to become the DGP. I also request the government to take action against him,” Marak said. She said Champion would never run away from jail as he is not a “coward”.
Dey said he welcomed an independent inquiry if the government wants to unravel the truth. The agitating jail staff today accused Krishan of violating the jail manual.