Gauhati High Court on Thursday rejected the bail application of Assam activist Akhil Gogoi.Gogoi was arrested in December for leading a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act outside the Jorhat deputy commissioner’s office. The NIA said that Gogoi has been booked for “waging a war against the nation”, conspiracy and rioting.
Earlier, the Gauhati High Court had granted Gogoi bail in three cases filed by the police in connection with the CAA protests. The cases relate to the burning of a circle office, a post office and a United Bank of India branch in Dibrugarh district during the protests in December.
Akhil’s bail denied on NIA case and Akhil Gogoi was arrested in case No. 30/2019 of Chanmari Police Station. The Peasant leader has been imprisoned for over a year.
The NIA had alleged that Akhil was involved with the Maoists. The case was heard by the Guwahati High Court on December 16. He has now spent more than a year inside the jail. The leader of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has been in jail since Dec 2019 for a role in anti-CAA protests.
The case registered against Gogoi was under the “Unlawful Activities Prevention Act”, section 18 and 39. Along with that, he is in jail after being booked in multiple cases, including charges of sedition & provisions of the UA(P)A.
Earlier, the special court on August 7, 2020, had rejected his bail plea in the other case, which was registered at Chandmari police station. He then filed a petition challenging it in the Gauhati High Court, which admitted the matter on September 28, 2020.
Gogoi was arrested on December 12 as a preventive measure while protests against the CAA in the state raged and resulted in violence at several places. Gogoi’s case was later handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which filed a charge sheet against him on June 29, 2020 for alleged conspiracy in league with the proscribed Maoist outfit, the CPI (Maoist) group, for commissioning of alleged terrorist acts.
Briefing the media, Gogoi’s lawyer Krishna Gogoi said that they are likely to move the Supreme Court. They are expecting to get the copy of the Court order later today.