NSF demolition issue: HC grants ‘absolute pre-arrest bail’ to 6 Naga Club members

The NSF office which was located at Naga Club Building, Kohima was demolished by ‘unknown miscreants’ in the wee hours of May 27. (Morung File Photo)

The NSF office which was located at Naga Club Building, Kohima was demolished by ‘unknown miscreants’ in the wee hours of May 27. (Morung File Photo)

Morung Express News
Kohima | June 5

The Gauhati High Court Kohima Bench, on Monday, granted absolute pre-arrest bail to six persons in connection with the demolition of the building occupied by the Naga Students' Federation (NSF), among others and shops on May 27 morning.

Disposing an anticipatory bail petition filed by the six persons, Justice Kakheto Sema laid down few conditions to grant the prayer.  The identical orders stated that the applicants shall make themselves available before the Officer in-Charge, North Police Station, Kohima and/or the Investigation Officer of the case as and when summoned.

They were further directed not to “tamper with the evidence of the Investigating Agency or the prosecution witness in any manner whatsoever.”

“The applicant shall not indulge in the commission of the offence with which he is charged,” the order read stating that violation of the conditions stipulated “shall lead to automatic cancellation of the bail.”

The members, namely—Kuolachalie Seyie, Gwanilo Himb, Nezonyu Robert Solo, Khriedi Theunuo, Viketuolie Pienyu and Prasielie Pienyu had filed the bail applications separately in the court on May 29 morning.

During the last hearing on May 29, they were directed to appear before the Investigating Officer within 3 days from the date of the order and co-operate with the officer, while granting anticipatory interim bails to them. 

During the hearing on June 5, the counsel for the petitioners submitted that consequent to the order dated May 29, they have appeared before the Investigating Officer of the case on June 1 and given their statements to the Police. He further submitted that the applicants shall appear before the Police as and when summoned and co-operate in the investigation of the case. 

The counsel stated that the applicants were respectable persons “deeply rooted in the society, and therefore, the chance of the applicant not co-operating with the investigation or absconding the process of law does not arise.”

While the Public Prosecutor objected to the grant of the pre-arrest bail citing that the investigation of the case is at an early stage and continuing and that it will not be in the interest of criminal justice to grant pre-arrest bail at this stage, the Court granted the same after considering the submission and laying down the conditions.