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Supreme Court: Prohibition on arrest of Assam Independent MLA Akhil Gogoi, accused in anti-CAA violence

Pankaj Prasad
Assam Independent MLA Akhil Gogoi
Assam Independent MLA Akhil Gogoi

Independent MLA from Assam Akhil Gogoi has been vocal against the central government during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

The Supreme Court has granted protection from arrest to independent Assam MLA Akhil Gogoi in a case related to anti-CAA protests and suspected Maoist links and sought response from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on his plea. Gogoi, who has reportedly been vocal against the central government during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests, had moved the apex court against the February 9 order of the Gauhati High Court, allowing the special NIA court in Assam to frame charges. was allowed to proceed.  

Ramasubramaniam and Justice Pankaj Mithal on Tuesday ordered that notice be issued to the state's standing NIA counsel to consider the order staying the arrest of the petitioner. In the meanwhile, the petitioner (Gogoi) be granted protection from arrest in the case registered at NIA Police Station, Guwahati on 14th December, 2019.