GNLA chief’s judicial custody extended by 14 days

September 7th, 2012 - 7:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Shillong, Sep 7 (IANS) A Meghalaya court Friday remanded outlawed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) chief Champion R. Sangma to another 14 days in judicial custody, a lawyer said.

“The court of judicial magistrate has remanded Sangma to another 14 days’ judicial custody even as the defence counsel has moved a bail application,” Public Prosecutor I.C. Jha told IANS.

Deputy Superintendent of Police K.C. Prasad said that they have filed a charge sheet against Sangma under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for waging war against the Indian State and under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Sangma, whose outfit is fighting for a separate Garoland, was arrested July 30 near the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya. He was accused of waging a war against India.

He was presented before First Class Judicial Magistrate I. Rymbui at the end of his 14 days judicial custody.

Sangma’s legal counsel Sujit Dey pleaded the court to grant bail to Sangma. Dey also submitted a petition to allow him to meet Sangma at Shillong District jail for preparation his case.

The court is yet to grant bail to Sangma.

The public prosecutor argued that granting bail to Sangma would pose an internal security threat to the state and witnesses in several cases as the accused is a chairman of GNLA.

Sangma, a former deputy superintendent of police, deserted the Meghalaya Police and floated the GNLA in November 2009.

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