The Meghalaya High Court has granted conditional bail to Rajeev Baidya, one of the accused in the Ichamati violence.
In an order passed today, Justice Wanlura Diengdoh ordered Baidya not to abscond or tamper with the evidence and witnesses, that he shall diligently appear in the trial court as and when required and that he shall not leave the jurisdiction of India without prior permission from the trial court.
The accused was also directed to execute a personal bond of Rs 50,000 with one surety of like amount to the satisfaction of the trial court.
It may be noted that Baidya was lodged in jail for over eight months after he was arrested for his alleged role in the violence.
According to the High Court, an incident occurred on February 28 this year at Ichamati village under Shella Police Station when, after a meeting organised by the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), at about 4:30 pm, a group of people armed with sticks, machete, iron rods etc suddenly came and attacked the members of the KSU as a result of which many of them were injured and one person eventually succumbed to his injuries.
In this connection, an FIR was lodged on the same day by the President and Secretary KSU, South Khasi Hills Unit upon which the Shella PS Case No. 9(2) 2020 was registered and on February 29 this year and a number of suspects were arrested.