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Gauhati HC Admits NIA Appeal Challenging Special Court’s Judgment That Discharged Akhil Gogoi On July 1

Peace seems short whiled for Assam MLA Akhil Gogoi as the Gauhati High Court had on Wednesday admitted the National Investigation Agency (NIA) appeal challenging the Special Court’s verdict that discharged him off of all charges in the Chandmari police station including Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act along with sedition and other charges under Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Admitting the appeal, the Bench of Justice N. Kotiswar Singh and Justice Soumitra Saikia directed that notice be issued to Akhil Gogoi along with three other co-accused in the case — Bittu Sonowal, Dhirjya Konwar and Manas Konwar.

The High Court has also sought records from the Special Court for NIA at Guwahati.

After a grueling one year six months in jail, Gogoi, was discharged last July 1 after Special NIA Court judge Pranjal Das discharged him and his three associates of all charges in the NIA case (2/2020) for their alleged role in the violent anti-CAA protests in Assam in December 2019 due to lack of “prima facie evidence”

Gogoi, then an activist, was arrested in December 2019 on several cases, two of which — Chandmari and Chabua Police Station cases — were taken up by NIA. He was discharged of all charges in both cases.

He then went on contesting from Sivasagar constituency independent from jail in the Assam Assembly elections March-April and came out victorious.

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