SHILLONG, Aug 21: Meghalaya High Court on Monday granted bail to five leaders of the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC), who have been arrested for contempt of court in connection with a case on derogatory and defamatory remark against former Khashi Hills Autonomous Council (KHADC) chief Adelbert Nongrum in 2015.
Five HYC leaders, include Anthony Kharbuli (advisor), Robert June Kharjahrin (general secretary), Donboklang Kharlyngdoh (vice president), Nickson Dohling (organising secretary) and Issac Basawiamoit (assistant organising secretary) were arrested in a contempt of court case relating to the derogatory and defamatory statement against former Khashi Hills Autonomous Council (KHADC) chief Adelbert Nongrum in 2015.
In its order issued here on Monday, the division bench of the court headed by chief justice Dinesh Maheshwari said, “Accordingly, this application is allowed and the applicant(s) is ordered to be released on bail on his furnishing a personal bond in the sum of Rs 20,000 with two sureties in the sum of Rs 10,000 each to the satisfaction of the joint registrar, High Court.”
The bench also said the bail application is allowed with an undertaking that they shall remain personally present on all the subsequent dates of hearing and shall not in any manner hamper the progress of the present case.
“Further, that they shall not, in any manner, indulge into any act or activity, which may amount to the contempt of Court,” the court said in the order and disposed of the bail petition.
During the hearing of the case, the bench said it has found prima facie evidence against HYC leaders for having committed criminal contempt of Court. After the charges were framed against them, it also ordered that all be detained in custody under Section 14 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 read with Article 215 of the Constitution of India.
Defence was also submitted during the hearing that the applicants has no criminal antecedents and would neither abscond nor hamper the progress of the case in any manner. Having considered the matter in its totality, the court said when it found that the matter is yet to be finally heard and decided, without pronouncing on the merits of the case, at the present stage, it would be just and proper to enlarge the applicants on bail.