HC upholds Champion’s detention under MPDA

SHILLONG: The High Court of Meghalaya recently upheld the detention order of GNLA chief Champion Sangma under the Meghalaya Preventive Detention Act.

Champion was arrested in 2012 along the Indo-Bangla border and was detained under the Meghalaya Preventive Detention Act (MPDA).

The GNLA chairman, however, challenged his detention order before the Justice SR Sen bench of the High Court.

Passing the judgement, Justice Sen upheld the detention order against Champion.

Champion again challenged the order of the single bench before the larger bench of the High Court and the court, after perusal of the relevant records pertaining to the detention order, upheld the same.

It may be mentioned that Champion was dismissed from the police services after he floated the GNLA.

GNLA was declared as a terrorist organization by the Union Government in 2012 and since then many operations were launched against the outfit.

Champion was booked under MPDA by the District Administration of East Garo Hills and West Garo Hills.

Under the MPDA, a person is detained for a maximum of three years and the accused can get bail only after an Advisory Board chaired by a retired Judge gives a decision on the matter.

The GNLA chief has been booked in nine cases – four in Tura, two in Williamnagar, two in Nongstoin and one in Mendipathar.

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