Khaling files police complaint against SNS members, addresses allegations in forged FIR


SAGAR CHETTRI

Gangtok, 23 Aug: Jacob Khaling, Political Secretary to the CM, who is also the spokesperson of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, today lashed out against Sikkimey Naagarik Samaj [SNS] office-bearers for trying to tarnish his image with false allegations based on a fake FIR and in doing so also toying with the dignity and honour of a woman. This was in response to the SNS demand for police action on an FIR allegedly sent by speed-post by a party colleague of Mr Khaling accusing him of molestation and attempt to rape. The person to whom this FIR was ascribed to had rejected the FIR as a forgery yesterday and clarified that she had already given a statement to Sikkim Police on the matter last month itself.

Addressing a press conference today, Mr Khaling, flanked by a dais-full of women party workers of the SKM, informed that he has registered a general diary against SNS office bearers and others last evening at Sadar Thana itself and was currently preparing to file a defamation case against them.

He also appealed to the police administration to give justice to Doncee Lama by taking a strict action

against all those who dragged her into this fake complaint as a result of which she has been targeted

with vicious, vulgar and misogynist comments on social media. Ms Lama had also addressed a solo

press conference yesterday and cleared the air on the matter. Mr Khaling also took the opportunity to address contents of the said FIR and claimed that on the day that molestation is alleged to have taken place in his office [in his residence] in the FIR, he was not even present in Gangtok. He released news reports from the day which attest that he was at a party function in Soreng at the time and date claimed in the said FIR. He went on claim that the Soreng meeting was also attended by Ministers MN Sherpa and Sanjit Kharel and MLAs Sunita Gazmer and Aditya Golay and other senior leaders of the party.

He further informed that he had left Gangtok a day earlier to attend a funeral at Hee-Gaon, West District, along with the CM and had stayed over at his house at Chumbung. He had returned to Gangtok a day after the date claimed in the said letter. “I was compelled to come forward to place this

truth and facts as some individuals with an infected mentality have tried to tarnish the party's and my image. These allegations have caused irreparable damage to my family in the society,” he said. Mr Khaling has registered a general diary against Passang Sherpa, Bharat Basnet, Tseten Tashi and Sonam Sherpa of SNS along with Avinash Yakha, Khusboo Kumari Verma, Anil Limboo and

"Soreng Krantikari Anmol" for defaming him with these false allegations. “We have been working to file a strong defamation case against all these individuals in the court. I have full faith that the court would deliver justice to me,” he said. He mentioned that the police were also investigating who and how this fake FIR was posted to the police. Mr Khaling further speculated that the forged FIR might have been created by Passang Sherpa with the help of Bharat Basnet and Tseten Tashi.