Sukaphaa Row: Garga Chatterjee asked to surrender before Guwahati court

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The Guwahati HC had also issued a fresh warrant against Chatterjee after which he was arrested recently.
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Guwahati: Political commentator Garga Chatterjee has been asked to surrender before the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) in Guwahati by September 17.

Earlier, on Guwahati high court’s orders, the Kolkata Police arrested him but was released transit bail on the condition that he would have to appear at the Kamrup Metro Chief Judicial Magistrate court in Guwahati on September 17.

He was wanted in a case of Dibrugarh police of 2020 in which he allegedly had made certain objectionable remarks against Swargadeo Sukaphaa, who founded Assam’s Ahom dynasty. Sukaphaa, the founder of the Ahom dynasty that ruled Assam for 600 years, was referred to as a “Chinese invader” by Chatterjee.

An Assam police team then also went to West Bengal to nab him but could not arrest him due to alleged non cooperation of West Bengal police. Later, the state government moved the court.

In June, the Gauhati High Court had issued notices to the chief secretary of West Bengal and the Kolkata commissioner of police over alleged non-cooperation with the Assam Police in executing a non-bailable arrest warrant against Chatterjee.

The Guwahati HC had also issued a fresh warrant against Chatterjee after which he was arrested recently.

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