Assam Northeast

Jailed MLA Akhil Gogoi discharged of one of the two NIA cases

Assam’s jailed legislator Akhil Gogoi on Tuesday gets a partial relief, after a National Investigation Agency court in Guwahati discharged him off on one of the two pending cases against him in connection to his involvement in the violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.

Gogoi, an activist who won from Sibasagar constituency last Assam Assembly elections, the results of which was declared on May 2 this year, had been jailed since December 2019 in connection with various cases.

On Tuesday, the NIA court discharged him of sedition charges as per the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act filed at Chabua police station.

He was in April this year acquitted of this case, but the central agency had appealed again of which, he was finally acquitted on Tuesday.

According to the Chabua case, Gogoi was accused of leading a crowd of about 600 people, which caused “economic blockade”, “pelting of stones” and murder of a “police personnel on duty.”

He will, however, have to remain in judicial custody as another case, also taken over by the NIA, is still pending.

During CAA-protests Gogoi had led a group of over 61 organisations to protest against the act following which, several cases were filed against him across police stations in towns across Assam (Sibsagar, Dibrugarh, Gaurisagar, Teok, Jorhat) following the violence— out of which two (Chandmari and Chabua) were taken over by the NIA.

According to the Chandmari case that is pending against him, Gogoi has been charged under various charges including Sections 120B, 124A, 153B IPC and Sections 18 and 39 of the UAPA

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