GUWAHATI, Nov 23 - The general secretary of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Anup Chetia was produced before the Special Judicial Magistrate, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Kamrup, today and was remanded to judicial custody for 14 days. He was immediately sent to the Central Jail, Guwahati this evening after the Court pronounced the judgement.
After the expiry of the CBI remand today, Chetia was brought to Guwahati by a special plane this morning. But due to security reasons, he was taken to the headquarters of the Special Branch of the Assam Police from the airport and was produced in the court only in the afternoon.
Chetia was arrested in connection with the case - RC 4(5) of 1988 and after Bangladesh handed him over to India, CBI took his custody and for transit remand for six days from a competent court in Delhi. After the expiry of the transit remand term, he was produced before the Special Judicial Magistrate, CBI, Kamrup and was given CBI remand again for five days. After the expiry of the remand term, the CBI did not seek further custody of the ULFA leader. Interestingly, there were other cases with the CBI where Chetia was named and the Bureau already submitted closure notices of the cases. The CBI did not make any plea for arresting Chetia in those cases.
The ULFA leader�s counsel, Bijon Mahajan today submitted a bail petition, which was rejected by the Court. When contacted, Mahajan said that the family members of Chetia are consulting him and they are planning to move either the Sessions Court or High Court, seeking the release of the ULFA leader on bail.
Chetia�s family members, including his wife, elder brother and others today met him in the Court premises and Mahajan said that they would be able to keep meeting him in jail with the permission of the court.
There are 14 cases registered against Chetia with the Assam Police, but it is still not known whether police would seek his custody in connection with the cases.
Meanwhile, two other ULFA members, Lakkhi Goswami and Babul Goswami, who were handed over to India by Bangladesh along with Chetia, were handed over to their respective family members by the CBI today.