GNLA chief Sangma gets bail in two cases
Shillong: The outlawed Garo National Liberation Army's (GNLA) chief Champion R. Sangma was granted bail on two cases, but will continue to stay in jail since he has more pending cases against him.
The Shillong Bench of the Gauhati High Court granted bail to Sangma after the Meghalaya government failed to file a charge-sheet in the criminal cases against him within 90 days in Nongstoin, the district headquarters of West Khasi Hills. "The high court has granted bail to my client (Sangma) on two cases filed against him in Nongstoin after the police failed to file a charge-sheet against him within 90 days," Sangma's legal Counsel Sujit Dey told IANS.
Under section 43-D of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, if the charge-sheet is not completed within 90 days, the same case can be extended to 180 days provided that the public prosecutor file a petition seeking an extension, Dey said. On December 17, Sangma's wife Enritha N Marak moved the bail application for Sangma after Meghalaya Police failed to file the charge-sheet.
Dey, meanwhile, said he would soon move the Shillong Sessions Court seeking bail for Sangma in other cases.