Shillong: Meghalaya`s Additional Advocate
General S P Mahanta has resigned from the post after the
opposition NCP accused him of land grabbing.
Official sources today said Mahanta laid down his
papers last week after the charges of land grabbing against
him were brought up in the assembly by NCP.
During the assembly last week, Opposition NCP had
cited media reports to allege that Mahanta had `forged
signatures and produced imposters` in court to falsely claim
the property of an NRI Tushar Nath Bhattacharjee, who resides
at Sydney, Australia.
NCP legislator James Sangma maintained that Mahanta
had "falsely personated" Bhattacharjee before the sub
registrar in Shillong to execute a sale deed vis-?-vis
Bhattacharjee`s property (Plot No. 80) in the Lauchumiere
locality of the city in 1991.
The NCP legislator also said that as per his passport
records, Bhattacharjee was not in India but in Australia
during that period of time.
Law minister BM Lanong had said the government was
seized of this "very important matter."
Informing that two title suits were pending in the
court in this regard, Lanong maintained "It may not be wise
for him to continue in office till the matter is disposed of."