Wednesday, September 27, 2023

NSF office vandalisation: High Court grants ‘absolute pre-arrest bail’ to six NC members

The Gauhati High Court Kohima Bench on Monday granted absolute pre-arrest bail to six persons (Naga Club functionaries) in connection with the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) office vandalisation case.
After hearing a batch anticipatory bail applications on Monday, the single-judge bench of Justice Kakheto Sema noted that the offence charged against the applicants were not heinous in nature, punishable with imprisonment for life or death, and that they had also appeared before the investigating officer/police as ordered by the court on May 29 and were co-operating with the investigation by giving their statements.
Hence, upon consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, the court ordered granting absolute pre-arrest bail to the applicants, subject to terms and conditions.
As per the terms and conditions, the applicants would have to make themselves available before the officer in-charge, North Police Station, Kohima and/or the investigation officer of the case as and when summoned, should not tamper with evidence of the investigating agency or the prosecution witness in any manner whatsoever and should not indulge in the commission of the offence with which they were charged.
The court cautioned that violation of the conditions would lead to automatic cancellation of the bail. It also ruled that all other conditions imposed by the court’s May 29 order would continue to bind the applicants.



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