Between no-yes bail to Bonty Gogoi


Guwahati/ 21st July’2017 (Prag News Desk): The investigating agency is strongly excercised upon by the State government for ‘not opposing’ the bail petition of Bonty Gogoi, the prime accused in the high-profile Excise department scam in the Gauhati High Court even as multiple theories have emerged.

There are new speculations are also doing the rounds that this might well open the floodgates of bails for other co-accused in the scam. Meanwhile, well-placed sources in the Judicial department confide that they are contemplating to challenge the order before the Supreme Court.

Apprehensions are being expressed that the approach of the investigating agency, which in this case is the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), is likely to brighten the opportunities of other arrested accused to go on bail as well.

However, opinions of legal experts are also divided on a Gauhati High Court notification dated May 2, 2009, wherein it is stated that the ‘…Chief Justice has been pleased to order that henceforth any Bail application(s) filed in a particular case after rejection of the earlier application(s) in the same matter shall be listed as far as practicable before the same Judge, if available, who rejected the earlier bail applications.’

The bail application of Bonty Gogoi was earlier rejected by Justice Ajit Barthakur on May 19 while the similar bail petition was disposed of by Justice Hitesh Kumar Sarma on June.

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