Anti CAA protests: SC rejects bail petition of Akhil Gogoi

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the bail plea of peasant rights activist and Raijor Dal President Akhil Gogoi in the case related protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act lodged by the NIA under draconian UAPA.

A bench of justices N V Ramana, Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose dismissed Gogoi’s bail plea, saying, “We will not consider the petition at this stage.”

The court however said that the petitioner may approach the top court for bail once the trial starts.

During the hearing, Senior Advocate Jaideep Gupta appearing for Gogoi submitted that large scale agitation had taken place in protest for CAA.

“Its 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.

Earlier in January, the Gauhati High Court had rejected Gogoi’s bail plea.

Gogoi is lodged in Guwahati Central jail since his arrest in December 2019.

Ahead of the state polls in Assam, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) led by Gogoi announced a new political party Raijor Dal.

Last week, Raijor Dal and Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) have forged an alliance for the upcoming polls in the state.

Both AJP and RD, the regional parties formed last year, are the offshoots of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests that rocked the state in December 2019.