Shillong, Oct. 10: The hearing on framing of charges against jailed GNLA chairman Champion R. Sangma was held today, but the court reserved its order for October 26.
Today was also the first time that the argument on the framing of charges was held where government pleader I.C. Jha and Champion’s counsel Sujit Dey participated.
The hearing was held in the court of deputy commissioner (judicial) East Khasi Hills, B. Giri.
Champion, however, could not be produced in court because of a strike observed by the Shillong district jail employees who are demanding removal of director-general (prisons) Kulbir Krishan.
“The court will pass the order on the arguments on framing of charges on October 26,” Jha said.
Yesterday, Champion was brought to the court, but no hearing could be held as his defence counsel and the court staff were absent.
Police have already filed a chargesheet against Champion and he has been booked under Section 121 (A) (attempt to wage war against the Government of India) of the IPC and Sections 16, 18 and 38, apart from Sections 1 and 2 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967.
The GNLA chief was arrested by Meghalaya police from the India-Bangladesh border on July 30 this year.
Six cowherds were injured when lightning struck them at Phaudjaud Rangphong village under Mawkyrwat block, South West Khasi Hills, yesterday.