Tainted pastor finally gets bail in Meghalaya
The Shillong Bench of Gauhati High Court has granted bail to Reverend S K Miller, an accused in the exploitation and molestation of children in a hostel run by him at Nongrimmaw, Laitumkhrah here.
Granting the bail, Justice T Vaiphei in the order issued yesterday said, "Considering the fact that the accused is 65 years old and a diabetic patient as well and also the fact that he has been in custody for 45 days, I am of the view that he is entitled to be released on bail on his executing a PR bond of Rs 50,000." During the bail plea hearing, H L Shangreiso, the lawyer for Rev Miller said the accusation made against his client was not well-founded as, there had been a delay of about two years in lodging the FIR apart from the presence of many contradictory statements made by the prosecution witnesses.
R Gurung, the Additional Public Prosecutor appearing for the state government, opposed the bail application by contending that in view of the seriousness of the allegations made against the accused of raping a minor, releasing him on bail at this stage will hamper the investigation as more witnesses are yet to be examined.
He also submitted that the illness which the accused suffers is not that serious and the same can be taken care of in the jail itself where the best medical treatment is available and is being provided to him as and when needed.
Rev Miller had been detained in judicial custody since September 28 this year in connection with Laitmukhrah PS case No.94 (9) 2012 under Section 376 IPC.
He was arrested on various charges including rape, molestation, exploitation and sexual abuse against minors in his hostel - New Life Home.
Various NGOs recently met Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma demanding stern action against the pastor.