NIA permits Akhil Gogoi to take Oath as Legislator

A special NIA court has granted permission to jailed leader and Raijor Dal chief Akhil Gogoi, to take oath as the newly elected MLA from Sivasagar constituency.

As per reports, a special NIA Judge Pranjal Das while hearing a petition by Gogoi granted him the permission for taking oath as a legislator at the Assam Assembly complex.

Gogoi’s advocate, Santanu Borthakur informed that, Gogoi has been given permission only for attending the oath taking ceremony following which he will have to return to judicial custody.

Gogoi has contested the Assam Assembly Elections 2021 from Sivasagar constituency as an independent candidate and won with a margin of 9,000 votes against his rivals, BJP’s Surabhi Rajkonwari, NCP’s Ajit Hazarika, Congress’ Subhramitra Gogoi and other independent candidates.

His victory has been hailed by many for being the first Assamese to won an election from behind the bars. During his incarceration he wrote several open letters from jail to reach out to the people. Moreover, his octogenarian mother Priyada Gogoi campaigned for him in Sivasagar, she was joined by renowned social activists Medha Patkar and Sandeep Pandey. Hundreds of youth volunteers and members of the Raijor Dal also took to door-to-door campaign ahead of the polls.

During the anti- CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) movement in 2019, Gogoi was arrested by the NIA for his alleged role in violent protests against the contentious act across the state. The NIA booked him on charges of sedition and those related to terrorism under provisions of the UAPA following his involvement in the anti-CAA protests in Assam.

In 2020 he was admitted to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) for treating COVID-19 and he remains there for other ailments.

Gogoi writes to CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

Meanwhile, in view of the rising Covid-19 cases Akhil Gogoi has written to the newly elected Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma.

While asserting that the grave situation was the result of the Central Government and State Government’s mismanagement of the Covid-19 pandemic, he further urged him that the new government should make arrangements in war footing to deal with the Covid situation in the state.

Gogoi further suggested few measures on hospitals and medical facilities in the state and on livelihood, economy and other matters in his letter addressed to the CM.

Read the letter here:

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