NEW DELHI— The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to entertain a plea by farmers’ rights activist Akhil Gogoi in a case pertaining to anti-CAA protests in Assam in 2019.
A bench headed by Justice NV Ramana said that it isn’t prepared to grant bail at this stage to Gogoi — in jail since December 2019 — in the light of charges against him.
Gogoi’s was arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act amid large-scale anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests in Assam.
In the course of the listening to, Gogoi’s counsel Jaideep Gupta submitted that protests on large scale took place against the CAA, and that the issue should not be related with terrorism in any respect.
Gupta emphasised that there have been some cases of violence at some places however there was no proof to counsel that his client was responsible. The Senior Advocate added that prima facie it didn’t quantity to an act of terrorism.
The bench replied that it can not grant bail to him right now and that he could file another plea later. “Let the trial proceed. Courts have begun functioning now,” it stated.
Gogoi’s bail was earlier rejected by the Gauhati High Court, which was challenged by him in the top court.