JORHAT, March 3 � Trying to wriggle out of a tight corner over the police inaction against his party�s legislator Enamul Haque Laskar, who was allegedly involved in abetting suicide of an irrigation department official two years ago, a harried Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in Sivasagar today said the court will release Akhil Gogoi if there was anything wrong on the part of police in arresting him.
Along with the charge of criminal conspiracy (Section 120B of the IPC) the charge of abetment of suicide (Section 306 of the IPC) was imposed on Akhil before police arrested him on Sunday.
�If anything was wrong in his arrest, the court will release him,�said Chief Minister Gogoi. However, no comment was made by him on the case of his party colleague Laskar, but he suggested to the people to move court against such wrongdoers.
It may be mentioned that Congress MLA Enamul Laskar was blamed for the suicide of an irrigation department employee Mathur Chandra Nath in Tezpur in 2012 as the deceased wrote a suicide note that he had been forced to take the extreme step under pressure from contractors who had been denied projects despite paying lakhs of rupees. The note also stated that the money collected by him was given to Congress MLA Laskar.
Though a complaint was lodged against the MLA, police �conspicuously� did not arrest him on the charge of abetting suicide.
Our Staff Reporter adds: Meanwhile, The Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate today asked the public prosecutor to inform the Court about the pending cases against Akhil Gogoi.
The Court also directed that Akhil Gogoi be provided with home-cooked food during his stay in police remand.
The statement of Gitashree Tamuly, wife of Akhil Gogoi, was recorded at the Court by the Additional CJM today. The Court also observed that the matter of alleged atrocity on Akhil Gogoi during his arrest needed further investigation. The statements of the other seven eye-witnesses including Akhil Gogoi are to be recorded on March 12.
Akhil Gogoi was remanded to four days' police remand on Sunday.