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Adelbert offers unconditional apology, secures bail

KHNAM to hold sit-in-demo at ex-CEM’s hunger strike venue

SHILLONG: After spending a night in Shillong district jail, former KHADC CEM Adelbert Nongrum on Tuesday secured freedom after tendering an unconditional apology to Meghalaya High Court for making a “derogatory” statement against the ruling of the court on headmen.
Nongrum, who has been on indefinite hunger strike since Saturday demanding the state government’s nod to the Village Administration Bill, 2014, was sent to Shillong jail at around 9.30 pm on Monday following a High Court order.
The former CEM was released on bail after he filed his statement of defence on the charges levelled against him. He also tendered an unconditional apology to the court with an undertaking that he would not make any reference to the judgment of the court derecognizing powers of headmen in future.
In the bail application, filed by his wife, Nongrum stated that he had the “highest regards for this court”.
Referring to the news reports that appeared in a section of the Press, he said that local newspapers had misinterpreted his statements.
Nongrum also expressed his intent to file a separate application before the court to bring on record the misinterpretation made by the said newspapers of his statements, in accordance with law.
Nongrum, who was released on bail after furnishing a bail bond of Rs 1 lakh with two surety bonds of the same amount to the satisfaction of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Shillong, was asked to be present in the court during subsequent hearing of the contempt of court case.
Next hearing will be held on June 15.
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