Shillong, Jan. 11: Jailed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) “chairman” Champion R. Sangma was today granted bail by the Shillong bench of Gauhati High Court. However, the former Meghalaya cop will continue to remain within the jail premises.
The bail was granted in two cases after the court found that no chargesheet was filed against Champion in these cases, filed at Nongstoin in West Khasi Hills, even after the expiry of the 90-days period.
Since another case is pending for bail application in a court here, the GNLA chairman has to remain behind bars.
On December 17, 2012, Sangma’s wife Enritha N. Marak moved the bail application before the high court after the Nongstoin additional district magistrate refused to entertain the bail plea. The bail application before the Nongstoin additional district magistrate was filed on December 10, 2012.
“The bail was granted to Champion in relation to two cases filed in Nongstoin after no chargesheet was filed, even after the mandatory 90-days period had expired,” Sujit Dey, Champion’s legal counsel, said. He also said the public prosecutor did not file any petition seeking extension of time for filing of chargesheet against Champion.
“Under section 43-D of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, if the chargesheet is not completed within 90 days, the same can be extended to 180 days provided that the public prosecutor files a petition seeking extension,” Dey said.
“In this case, the court found that the public prosecutor did not approach the concerned court for extension of time for filing of the chargesheet,” he said.
Sangma has two cases against him, which is Nongstoin case no 9 (2) of 2012 under section 121 (A) (attempting to wage war against the Union government of India) of the IPC, 353, 307 and 34 IPC and section 10 and 13 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and 27 (2) of Arms Act.
Dey said his client would move the Shillong session’s court seeking bail in another case lodged against Champion.
Although there are 10 first information reports filed against Champion, Dey said his client has been arrested only in three of them.
Sangma was arrested on July 30, 2012, from a place along the Indo-Bangladesh border.