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Akhil Gogoi, in jail for 550 days, gets 2 day parole to meet mother and son

Assam MLA and Raijor Dal president Akhil Gogoi was on Friday allowed to go home after almost 550 days in imprisonment, but for two days.

A special court of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) granted the anti-CAA leader in Assam 48-hour parole after he wished to visit his wife and son in Guwahati and mother in Jorhat, according to The Hindu.

However, the court turned down his request to meet the constituents who elected him and barred him from meeting the public during his parole.

“We had sought permission for Gogoi’s parole as his 14-year-old son recovered after contracting COVID-19 and his 84-year-old mother has not been keeping well,” Gogoi’s lawyer Santanu Borthakur said.

The 45-year-old chief of the Raijor Dal, a political party that he founded while in custody, was arrested in December 2019 for his role in the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests.

The NIA probed two cases against Gogoi in connection with the anti-CAA protests. One was related to Chabua police station in Dibrugarh and the second, relates to Chandmari in Guwahati. The NIA invoked provisions of the anti-terror law, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act against him. He was discharged in the Chabua case on Tuesday. The second case is yet to be decided by the court.

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