Apex court notice on Rebati plight

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to the Union, Assam and Meghalaya governments for production of Rebati Phukan, a prominent mediator between the Centre and Ulfa all the way from the Northeastin the Supreme CourtUlfa's Paresh Barua faction and government agencies, had disappeared on April 22.

By Our Legal Correspondent
  • Published 2.06.18
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Rebati Phukan

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to the Union, Assam and Meghalaya governments for production of Rebati Phukan, a prominent mediator between the Centre and Ulfa all the way from the Northeastin the Supreme CourtUlfa's Paresh Barua faction and government agencies, had disappeared on April 22.

A habeas corpus petition is filed before a court for production of a person whose whereabouts are not known despite a complaint being lodged with the police.

According to the family, Phukan disappeared after leaving his house at Geeta Nagar in Guwahati, Assam, where he was staying alone, for a morning walk.

According to the petition, Phukan had on April 20 attended a secret meeting with retired bureaucrat Shantanu Thakuria, and Pranab Pathak, advocate-general, Assam High Court, wherein a proposed memorandum to negotiate with Barua was discussed and the same was to be presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon.

It stated that Phukan had been working directly with the Prime Minister's Office since 1991 for various peace missions between the Centre and Ulfa to bring peace in Assam. He had also worked with the Intelligence Bureau till 2016 on various missions in India, Myanmar, Bangladesh and China.

Quoting news reports, the petition said Phukan, just a few days before his disappearance, was negotiating on behalf of the Paresh Barua faction with the Centre through R.N Ravi, the Centre's interlocutor for Naga outfit NSCN (I-M).

The petition quoted Barua's reported statement to a newspaper that Phukan might be in the custody of either the Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing, Military Intelligence or National Investigating Agency.

The family had also urged the apex court to transfer investigations relating to Phukan's disappearance to the CBI or any other independent agency as they had no faith in Assam police.