Activist Akhil Gogoi Acquitted by NIA court in a sedition case

The NIA court in Guwahati on Thursday acquitted activist and MLA Akhil Gogoi and three others in a sedition case along with other charges.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had on Tuesday filed an additional chargesheet against MLA Akhil Gogoi who has been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, (UAPA) for his alleged role in violent anti-CAA protests and possible links with the Maoist elements.

Akhil Gogoi’s advocate said the investigating agency has presented a “protected witness”, in the Chandmari case for which NIA have filed an additional chargesheet in the Special NIA Court in Guwahati.

“We have prepared an objection, which we will file in the NIA court soon,” the advocate added.

The additional chargesheet comes at a time when the hearing in the case is in its final stages and the NIA court was expected to give its verdict shortly.

Akhil Gogoi was cleared of charges in the original Chabua police station case, by the NIA Court last week and the hearing for the Chandmari police station case was on at the same court.

He was granted parole last Friday to visit his ailing mother at their Jorhat home and his son, who recently recovered from Covid-19, at Guwahati.

Akhil Gogoi was arrested on December 12, 2019, from Jorhat, during the height of the violent protests against the then proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) as a “preventive measure” in view of the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.

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