NC Hills scam 12 accused remanded to judicial custody

GUWAHATI, Aug 7 – The Court of the Special Judge NIA, Assam, today remanded the 12 accused in the NC Hills Autonomous Council scam to judicial custody till August 19.

According to advocate Ashim Talukdar who is representing Niranjan Hojai, Jewel Garlosa and Samir Ahmed in the court, though 12 of the accused including his clients RH Khan, Mohit Hojai, and Thoujendra Hojai. George Langthang, Jayanta Kumar Ghosh, Sandeep Ghosh, Devasish Bhattacharjee, Maltha Kimi, were produced before the court by the authorities and Babul Kemprai who is on bail, appeared before the court himself, Samir Ahmed was not produced as he was reportedly sick.

While Jewel Garlosa is lodged in the Kahilipara Special Jail (quarter no-11), the rest except Babul Kemprai are detained in the Guwahati Central Jail.

The court today supplied Niranjan Hojai with his copies of the cases, Talukdar said. He also clarified that the court has directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to ask the accused only those questions which are not yet asked by the CBI and the NIA, for, the subject matter of NIA-1, NIA-2 and Special Case no-10 of 2010 cases are similar to the Enforcement Directorate cases.

Significantly, the court has permitted the ED to interrogate all the 13 accused in the Guwahati Central Jail, Talukdar said.