GUWAHATI, March 19 � The Gauhati High Court today granted bail to Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) president Akhil Gogoi along with five of his associates in connection with the Pranab Boro self-immolation case despite the prosecution�s vehement opposition.
However, the accused KMSS functionaries will have to wait for some time to secure release from the jail as they are yet to be granted bail in other cases in which they were shown arrested under Dispur Police Station.
Although the next date of production of Akhil and his associates in court is March 28, there are possibilities of their getting bail earlier, with the accused already securing bail in the core case, which relates to hatching a criminal conspiracy and abetting suicide.
The Court of Justice CR Sarma today granted bail after going through the synopsis of the voluminous case diary produced by the public prosecutor along with the transcripts in the compact disc containing speeches by Akhil Gogoi and associates, who were represented by advocates Bijon Mahajan and Arshad Choudhury. Ziaur Kamar was the public prosecutor.
Considering the materials on record and the period of detention, the court did not find any necessity for their detention contrary to what the prosecution contended.
The court granted the accused bail against surety of Rs 25,000 each and also imposed certain restrictions. The accused have been directed not to leave the jurisdiction of the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate without prior permission.
The accused shall also not interfere with the investigation or induce any person or witness.
The court room today witnessed a huge rush with many senior police officials also present in civil dress.
Meanwhile, the anticipatory bail petition of Kamal Medhi, the general secretary of the KMSS, has been rejected by the court, while the interim bail of Dhorjya Hazarika has been made absolute.