The Guwahati police arrested BJP-turned-Congress MLA Dr Rumi Nath in connection of alleged links with international car-lifting racket kingpin Anil Chauhan, including on charges of allegedly recommending car-pass for Chauhan to enter the premises of the Assam Legislative Assembly and MLA Hostel campus on Tuesday morning, April 14, 2015.
Confirming this, Guwahati Police Commissioner Jyotirmoy Chakravarty said Nath was arrested from her quarter in the Assembly Hostel campus, following which she was taken to the Dispur police station. Police have so far invoked Section 120(B), Section 212, Section 420 and Section 468 – in connection with the two cases registered so far.
Rumi Nath – a two-time MLA from Borkhola constituency – was produced before the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup Metro. The Magistrate remanded her in police custody for 24 hours. The MLA was questioned by senior police officials at Dispur police station after her arrest.
“Though the police had sought her custody for three days, after hearing us, the court reduced it to 24 hours. She will be produced in the court again tomorrow at 2PM,” Rumi’s Advocate Pranab Kumar Das said.
He said the court has directed the police to provide timely medical care to Rumi during police custody, as she was under treatment for a brain tumor.
Apart from Das, advocates Arshad Choudhury and Nayan Jyoti Das also appeared on behalf of Rumi.
Earlier, the Gauhati High Court had rejected two interim anticipatory bail applications of Nath in connection with a case registered at Dispur police station and another at Azara police station.
She filed anticipatory bail pleas on April 9 following the arrest of her estranged second husband Jacky Zakir.
Zakir was arrested on April 8 from his house in Badarpur in Karimganj district, while Nath’s Personal Security Officer Bedabrata Barpatra Gohain was arrested from the Special Branch headquarters here on the same day.
During investigations, it was found that the racket kingpin Anil Chauhan was issued Assam Assembly car passes on the recommendation of Nath.
Following this, the Assembly Secretariat issued a notice to Nath seeking explanation. In her response, she said she signed the car pass application form of Chauhan’s wife who is a Congress worker.
It is to be mentioned that – Rumi Nath was a BJP MLA in her first term – after when Ex Congress Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma hijacked her to vote for Congress candidate in Rajya Sabha Election of 2009 – Rumi Nath joined Congress under influence of Mr Sharma.
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