“Special NIA court grants bail to Akhil Gogoi in UAPA case registered at Chabua police station for speeches during anti- CAA protest”

The case pertains to an incident that took place on 9th December,2019, in Chabua, Assam, where Gogoi led and addressed a crowd protesting against the Citizen Amendment Act [CAA.]

Assamese activist Akhil Gogoi has been granted bail by a special NIA court in relation to the case registered against him under the Unlawful Activities Act by the Chabua police station. The plea has been granted bail on the condition that he furnishes a bail bond of Rs, 30,000 along with one surety of the same amount. Gogoi was also directed to not mess with the evidence, to appear before the trial court, to not intimidate the witness and lastly, to not leave the country.  He has also been barred from taking part in any activities that can disrupt the peace and social harmony or lead to violence. Breach of any of these conditions imposed would result in the cancellation of bail.

The Court noted that though the speeches made by Gogoi were not Prima Facie[for the purpose of adjucating] and therefore, makes him liable for acts of terrorism under Section 15 of the UAPA. The court also records that Gogoi did not anything to discourage the protesting crowd that then broke out into violence. The Court noted that the investigation in the case stands complete with the charge sheet filed. Gogoi was in detention for several months and is also undergoing treatment for illness.

It is also stated that Gogoi’s bail plea in relation to a different case is registered against him in the Chamdari Police Station was rejected by the Special NIA court.


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