BREAKING NEWS SIKKIM: SKM head P.S Golay acquitted over fund misappropriation, granted bail
GANGTOK: Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) President, Prem Singh Golay was convicted for one year imprisonment with a fine of Rs 10,000 by lower court on the charges of misappropriating government fund while he was a cabinet member in the SDF government.
He was however granted bail later in the day.
Golay who was the then Animal Husbandry Minister was alleged of misappropriation of Rs 9 lakh 50 thousand meant for the distribution of cows to the beneficiaries.
The vigilance department had filed a charge sheet in the court against four others including Golay. Out of other four co-accused named in the case, three, namely, Keshu Agarwal, Sanjay Agarwal and Subash Tamang were acquitted as the prosecution could not provide the substantive evidences said a senior lawyer.
The sentence was pronounced today at PC Act designated court in Gangtok by special judge (designated under PC 1988) Prajwal Khatiwara.
Meanwhile the former Managing Director of Sikkim Milk Union T.B. Gurung was convicted for eight months with fine of Rs 5000. He too was granted bail by the court.
Welcoming the decision of the lower court Golay informed the reporters that he will appeal in the High Court further.
Golay served as a Minister in SDF government for three consecutive years( 1994-2009) and one tenure as an MLA (2009) before he resigned from SDF in September 2013.
He took the leadership of his new political party, SKM on October 5, 2013. He contested assembly election in 2014 from two constituencies namely Namthang Rateypani in South Sikkim and Upper Burtuk constituency. He won from the latter constituency. His party won ten seats in assembly election in 2014. In 2015, seven of his MLAs joined SDF.
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