Guwahati, March 19, 2019
The Gauhati High Court on March 18th, 2019 granted bail to Nipu Kalita, who was posted as the Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) in the Dispur Police Station, for he is fighting “dreaded disease cancer” and “undergoing chemotherapy”.
The ASI, who fled with as many as 60 seized gold biscuits in January 2019, surrendered on the evening of February 13th, 2019 at Basistha Police Station. The market value of the 60 gold biscuits is said to be around Rs 4 crore.
The court observed that Kalita was in the judicial custody for 33 days out of which 11 days in police custody following which the court gave the verdict that custodial detention in the interest of investigation of Kalita’s case is ‘not necessary’ and hence he has been granted bail in connection with Dispur PS case no. 363/2019 on furnishing bail bond of Rs 50,000.
Kalita along with Constable Faijur Rahman and Home Guard Afjal Ali robbed gold biscuits, which were seized from the smugglers at Nongpoh, worth several lakhs from the police station.
“The further submission made by the learned senior counsel for the petitioner is that the accused petitioner is a patient of the dreaded disease cancer and he is undergoing chemo therapy and to that effect he has furnished some medical papers which shows that in the year 2014, he underwent treatment for cancer including chemo therapy. Whatever it may be, the fact remains that the accused-petitioner is undergoing treatment for cancer,” reads the order copy of Justice Hitesh Kumar Saha.
The offence alleged in this case has taken place on January 15th, 2019 and it has been submitted by the counsel for the petitioner at the court that the FIR was filed on February 3rd, 2019, i.e., after 18 days from the date of occurrence.
Kalita has been directed to appear before the investigating police officer once in every three days for six weeks after his release on bail. The court further asked the suspended ASI to co-operate with the investigation of the case. He has also been directed not to leave the territorial jurisdiction of Chief Magistrate Kamrup (Metro), Guwahati without prior written permission.