TURA, May 19 - Nikseng A Sangma, the contractor under whose name various contracts were taken up in the Asanang Assembly constituency in West Garo Hills, has stated that he was completely unaware of any contract in his name from the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC).
The clarification comes in the wake of the first Lokayukta case filed against MDC Ismail Marak and two contractors, Nikseng and Kubon Sangma, for misappropriation of funds in the name of ghost contracts under the Excluded Areas grant to the GHADC for 2017-18.
The case seeking investigation was filed by one Nilbath Ch Marak.
“I want to state that I have never applied for any contract under GHADC. I was asked for my photo and my professional tax papers by the MDC, which I gave. I have no idea as to what happened after and only came to know about the misappropriation when the news came out in the media,” clarified Nikseng.
Nikseng added that he had no clue as to where the works were executed and had not seen the tender papers or even applied for it. Neither have I seen the work orders, so there is no question of me even working on any of the projects under the scheme,” he added.
The contractor has filed a FIR at Tura Police Station on May 6 over the allegations. In the FIR, he has further stated that the name in which the contract was taken out was not even his.
“The name that appears on the work order is one Nikseng Ch Sangma where as I am Nikseng A Sangma. Someone has forged the documentation and withdrawn money by falsely signing the documents. Even the signature used to receive the work order is not mine,” he added.
Questioning into the case is currently on with investigating agencies looking at all aspects of how the money has been utilised.