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Assam minister’s case takes a curious turn
Published on 27 Aug. 2009 12:01 AM IST
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The case of an Assam minister’s alleged nexus with militants took a curious turn today when the petitioner sought to withdraw the case, but Gauhati High Court did not relent. According to UNI report, the hearing came up before the Division Bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Petitioner Sukhedo Paswan, through his counsel, petitioned before the court that he wanted to withdraw the case as he came to know about fresh details from the new affidavit submitted by Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. Dr Sarma is an influential minister whose family has stakes in the media also. Paswan, referring to an old case, petitioned that Dr Sarma had links with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and tried to extort a state government officer when he was not a Congress MLA. The case diary pertaining to the extortion case was lost almost a decade back blocking all investigation into it. As a result, Dr Sarma also had no case against him involving the ULFA link. But this morning when Paswan’s counsel moved a petition seeking to withdraw the case, Justice Gogoi said he would like to get the reasons from Sukhdeo Paswan on why he sought to withdraw the petition. Considering the seriousness of the matter the court asked Paswan to submit the reasons behind his withdrawal petition. Paswan is a former MP from Bihar.

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