Chetia Granted Bail in TADA Cases

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Guwahati: The ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia, extradited from Bangladesh last month, was on Tuesday granted bail by a local court on a personal bond of Rs one lakh.

Chetia’s counsel Bijon Mahajan told journalists that the Assam government had given a “no objection” certificate in writing in the event of Chetia getting released on bail. The Additional Sessions judge granted Chetia bail on a personal bond of Rs one lakh and two sureties from two individuals, Mahajan said.

Chetia was handed over to India on November 12 in connection with four cases including a murder case which was handed over to the CBI by the Assam government in 1988. While he has been granted bail in two cases, one more will come up for hearing on Wednesday.

On December 17, the Designated Court here had allowed Chetia, now incarcerated in the Guwahati Central Jail, to go on bail in two TADA cases for facilitating his trial and participation in the ongoing peace process.

Chetia was handed over to India by Bangladesh where he was in jail since 1997 on charges of cross-border intrusion, carrying fake passports and illegally keeping foreign currencies.

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