By LE Desk

Guwahati, April 14: The Gauhati High court upheld the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court order that granted bail to peasant leader Akhil Gogoi stating that “unlawful acts including arson and violence aimed at creating civil disturbance and law and order problems can’t be termed as terrorist act under purview of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act unless committed with the requisite intention”.

Akhil Gogoi who floated a political party Raijor Dal contested from Sivasagar assembly seat in absentia.

The High Court bench comprising Justice Suman Shyam and Justice Mir Alfaz Ali pointed that sub section (1) (a) of Section 15 of UAPA can be attracted only if an alleged act is in the nature of “terrorist act” and involves use of bombs, explosive substances and other lethal weapons. “The dominant intention of the wrong doer must be to commit a ‘terrorist act’ coming within the ambit of Section 15(1) of the Act,” the verdict delivered on April 9 read, The Economic Times reported.

The court held the NIA court was right in granting bail to Gogoi and dismissed the appeal by the investigating agency.

He was arrested for sedition charges in 2019 during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest in Assam. He was also slapped with charges of setting up bases for Maoists.

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