Activist Akhil Gogoi granted bail in case related to CAA protest

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By Muslim Mirror Staff

A special court based in Assam’s Guwahati city granted bail to activist Akhil Gogoi on Tuesday in one of the two cases being probed by NIA in relation to his alleged role in violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act last year.

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Gogoi was granted bail after five days of hearing in the case, which was filed at the Chabua police station and later transferred to the NIA.

NIA special judge Pranjal Das granted bail to Gogoi on a surety of Rs 30,000 and routine conditions, including not tampering with evidence and influencing witnesses.

The same special court, on 7 August, had rejected Gogoi’s bail plea in another case that was registered at the Chandmari police station. Gogoi has challenged the verdict in the Gauhati High Court, the hearing for which is scheduled for 13 October.

Gogoi, the leader of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), was arrested on December 12 last year from Jorhat, during the height of the anti-CAA protests in the state, as a “preventive measure” in view of the deteriorating law and order situation and his three associates were taken into custody the next day.

He was then handed over to the NIA and booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for his alleged role in the protests and possible links with Maoists.

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