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‘Drug Kingpin’ Remark: Mukul to examine Rs. 20 crore legal notice by Henry Lalremsanga

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Shillong, Sept 23: Opposition AITC leader and former chief minister Dr. Mukul Sangma on Friday said he will examine under which provision of law a legal notice was issued to him by Henry Lalremsanga, the Chairman of 2B’s Group of Companies.

Mukul told reporters that he has yet to officially receive the legal notice.

“So I will wait. I will see what type of legal notice is given and what are the provisions of law under which he (Henry) is sending me this notice. There are also certain aspects which their legal team will be knowing, so we will deal with them as they come,” he said.

Asked whether the legal notice holds any water against the privileges of a member, the former CM said, “That is why I am saying which provisions of law provides him (Henry) that opportunity to send me that legal notice will be examined.”

The legal notice issued by K Kharmawphlang, the legal counsel representing Henry Lalremsanga, had demanded Mukul to tender an unconditional apology within 7 days for incorrectly labelling Lalremsanga as a ‘drug kingpin’ and pay Rs. 20 crore as compensation for damaging his reputation.

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The notice was in response to the statements made by Mukul on September 19 and 20. Mukul had alleged that Lalremsanga is a drug kingpin who supplies drugs in Mizoram and other states of North-East India and Myanmar. He had warned Conrad Sangma to disassociate himself from such a person.

The notice further said the remarks by the former CM have not only damaged his personal and professional reputation, but also indirectly tarnished the image of the Mizo community.

Reiterating that his statement in the Assembly was an advisory to the chief minister, Mukul however slammed the chief minister for taking the matter outside the House and suggested that a legal notice should be instead directed towards the chief minister.

“Inside the August House my statement was very clear. It has been more of an advisory to the chief minister, it is only the chief minister who has taken it outside the House. He should send a legal notice to the chief minister,” he said.

Also read: Assam: Six drug peddlers arrested with heroin in Guwahati


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