Akhil Gogoi gets bail in NIA case related to anti-CAA protests

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) court discharged Akhil Gogoi in the second case registered against him in connection with anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) by the Central Investigation Agency. The NIA court said there is insufficient material to frame charges against Gogoi.

A prominent farmer activist, Gogoi, has been under arrest since December 2019 for his alleged role in the anti-CAA protests in Assam.
He had already been discharged in the other case lodged against him by NIA.

Currently Gogoi is admitted to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) as he has been unwell for a few months.

This particular case was initially lodged at Chandmari police station by Assam police and later it was handed over to the NIA.

“The NIA court discharged him in the case lodged at Chandmari in Guwahati. The court had earlier discharged him in the other case lodged at Chabua in Dibrugarh district by NIA,” Gogoi’s lawyer Shantanu Borthakur said.

The NIA had registered two cases against Gogoi under several sections of Indian Penal Code(IPC) and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment (UAPA) Act.

In October last year, Gogoi had been granted bail in connection with the Chabua case by the NIA court. But the investigation agency had reached out to the Gauhati high court challenging the bail order.

The three other accused in the same case, Dharjya Konwar, Manash Konwar and Bitu Sonowal, were also discharged by the NIA court on Thursday. All the three accused are already out on bail.

In April this year, the Gauhati high court abided that the NIA court was right in granting bail to Gogoi and dismissed the appeal by the investigating agency.

The NIA court had granted two days’ permission to Gogoi last week to meet his son, who is suffering from Covid-19, and meet his 84-year-old ailing mother.

The NIA on Tuesday, had filed an additional charge sheet against Gogoi in connection with the Chandmari case.

“The additional charge sheet doesn’t hold much water as there is no new section filed against Gogoi. We are hopeful of his release soon,” Borthakur said

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