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Concern over Akhil Gogoi�s prolonged detention


GUWAHATI, May 8 - Voicing concern over the �unfair� treatment meted out to anti-CAA activist and peasant leader Akhil Gogoi, who has been under detention in connection with a NIA case since last December, several distinguished citizens have appealed to the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court to facilitate early hearing of the case.

In a statement addressed to the Chief Justice, the citizens termed it a matter of serious concern that a person should be in jail for four months in a case where the NIA had not been able to file a chargesheet and now he is not being heard promptly.

�We understand that because of the pandemic all procedures are affected. However, delayed hearing in this case amounts to depriving a citizen of his fundamental right to liberty, merely on suspicion, because the investigating agency has not been able to file a chargesheet even in four months� time. In the interest of justice we respectfully urge the honourable Gauhati High Court to facilitate an early hearing of the case,� the statement signed by Dr Hiren Gohain, Harekrishna Deka, Ajit Kumar Bhuyan, Dr Apurba Kumar Baruah, Haidar Hussain, Deben Tamuli and Prashanta Rajguru, said.

Gogoi has been under detention from December 16, 2019 in connection with NIA Case No.13/2019/NIA-GUW under Section 120B, 253A, 153B of IPC and Sections 18 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

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