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CAA agitation: Gauhati High Court takes up plea against NIA’s rejection of bail

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New Delhi (ILNS): The Gauhati High Court has accepted an application of farmer leader Akhil Gogoi in which Gogoi has challenged the dismissal of bail by the NIA Special Court in a case registered in connection with the alleged role in violent demonstrations against the Amended Citizenship law in Assam.

The division bench of Justices Kalyan Rai Surana and Ajit Borthakur observed:

The learned APP seeks at least four weeks’ time to respond. However, as this is essentially a matter relating to bail and personal liberty of the appellant, we are inclined to grant only two weeks’ time.

This Appeal under section 21 (4) of the NIA Act, 2008 has been directed against the order of July 13, passed by the Special Judge, National Investigation Agency.

Gogoi’s bail plea was rejected by the NIA Special Court (in the case lodged at Chandmari Police station) on August 7. Gogoi, who heads the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, was found infected with COVID-19 and is currently undergoing treatment at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital.

Gogoi was arrested on December 12 last year from Jorhat in view of the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. The next day three of his colleagues were also detained. He was handed over to the NIA for his alleged role in the violent demonstration and his possible involvement with Maoist elements.

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The NIA is investigating two cases in connection with the alleged role of Gogoi and his three associates in the demonstrations. In this, cases were registered at Chandmari and Chabua Police Stations at that time.

The division bench has directed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to present the record of the case on October 13.


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