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DHD-J leaders get bail relief

Guwahati, Nov. 20: Gauhati High Court today extended the interim bail period of DHD (J) chairman Joel Gorlosa and commander-in-chief Niranjan Hojai by another three months.

A division bench of Chief Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice N. Kotiswar Singh passed the order after the Assam government raised a no-objection to the extension of interim bail period of the duo, provided they ensure full disclosure and surrender of arms and disbanding of the outfit as stipulated in the memorandum of settlement (MoS).

The DHD (J) had signed the MoS with the government in Delhi on October 8 this year.

Advocate Bijon Kumar Mahajan moved the bail petitions on behalf of the two leaders after their bail period expired today. Additional public prosecutor K. Munir represented the state government in the court.

Though Mahajan had appealed for converting their interim bail into absolute bail, the court rejected the plea.

The duo were first granted interim bail in two cases — registered against them by the National Investigation Agency — for six months in August, 2011, which was subsequently extended several times to facilitate the peace talks between the government and the outfit.