BREAKING: Akhil Gogoi’s bail plea rejected by Supreme Court in UAPA case
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today dismissed today a plea by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi, challenging the Gauhati High Court order rejecting his bail plea.
A three-judge bench of Justice NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant, and Justice Aniruddha Bose denied the bail at this stage in light of the allegations against Gogoi. The peasant leader has been arrested
Jaideep Gupta appearing for Gogoi during the hearing submitted that large-scale agitation had taken place in protest for CAA. “It’s not related to terrorism at all. There were some instances where there was violence at some places but there is no evidence that petitioner was responsible. It does not amount to an act of terrorism on a prima facie basis,” he said.
Justice Ramana, in his response, stated, “Cannot consider bail in light of the allegations as of now. Maybe later, you can file an application.”
Justice Surya Kant said that the trials should proceed as the courts have started functioning now.
It may be mentioned that the Gauhati High Court rejected the bail plea of Gogoi in connection with a case registered against him under Sections 120B, 124A, 153B IPC and Sections 18 (Punishment for conspiracy etc.) and 39 (Offence relating to support given to a terrorist organization) of the UAPA.
As per the Charge sheet, the Case against Gogoi is that: He “led violent protests” during the anti-CAA agitation, which were aimed to strike terror in all sections of people in India, irrespective of caste, creed and religion.
The Assam Police on December 12 arrested Akhil Gogoi from Jorhat and later handed over to the National Investigation Agency.
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