Guwahati: Assam MLA Akhil Gogoi and three others appeared before National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Tuesday in connection with anti-CAA protests and suspected Maoist links.
The other three people were identified as Dhairya Konwar, Bitu Sonowal, and Manash Konwar.
The High Court has temporarily granted bail to Akhil Gogoi, while the Supreme court has ordered a retrial against him.
However, the Supreme court has granted Gogoi protection from arrest in connection with a case from NIA on his plea.
The case is to be adjourned till March. Meanwhile, Gogoi’s bail will remain in force till March.
On Monday, NIA told the Supreme Court that bail cannot be granted to Gogoi as he is a kingpin of Maoist activities in the state even as the lawmaker said cases against him were a result of “political vendetta”.
The independent MLA, who was allegedly vocal against the BJP-led Centre during the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protests in Assam in December 2019, moved the top court against a February 9 order of the Gauhati High Court allowing an NIA court to proceed with the framing of charges in one of the two cases against him.
Subsequently, the NIA court on February 24 reopened the UAPA case against the legislator and his associates.