The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a habeus corpus petition of the son of Rebati Phukan, who went missing since April 22.
A vacation bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao and Mohan M Shantanagoudar will hear the plea of Kaushik Phukan, son of Rebati Phukan, who was an active member of the People’s Consultative Group (PCG) negotiating peace between the Government and the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA).
Rebati Phukan’s son alleged that the Assam Police, have been lackadaisical in their attitude towards finding his father, and sought an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or a Special Investigation Team (SIT).
Senior advocate Geeta Luthra, appearing for Rebati Phukan’s son, said that the matter would be put up for immediate hearing before the vacation bench.
The court agreed to hear it on June 1.
The petition filed by Phukan’s son Kaushik seeks direction to the authorities, including Assam government, to produce Phukan before the court.
Phukan, 67, was a prominent member of the People’s Consultative Group (PCG) formed by the ULFA in 2005 — and dissolved in 2011 — to mediate between the outfit and the Centre.
He was also a renowned footballer in Assam in his youth.
Phukan went missing from near his rented accommodation at Ambikagiri Nagar area of Guwahati on April 22 after he went for a morning walk.
Phukan is known to be close to Paresh Baruah, the self-styled commander-in-chief of ULFA (Independent).