Guwahati, August 24: The Special Judge of POCSO Court at Nongpoh in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya today sentenced a former MLA and the former chairman of the banned militant group, Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), Julius K Dorphang to 25 years’ imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 15 lakh.
Confirming this, Dorphang’s lawyer, Kishore Ch Gautam said that the judgment was pronounced on August 13 while the quantum of sentence was issued today. He said the former militant leader would appeal against the POCSO court verdict before the High Court of Meghalaya.
“Along with the appeal, I will also be praying for the suspension of the sentence before the High Court,” said the defence lawyer.
Dorphang who is a former MLA of Mawhati, has been sentenced under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for committing rape on a minor in December 15, 2016. He has already been shifted to Nongpoh District Jail following the conviction