Protest during flight: YC workers get bail; No ‘personal enmity’: HC
Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday granted bail to two Youth Congress workers who had protested on board a plane after a plane landed at the Thiruvananthapuram airport, saying they did not require further custodial interrogation. .
Justice Viju Abraham also granted anticipatory bail to the third accused in the case and directed him to surrender before the Investigating Officer (IO) for questioning on June 28 and cooperate in the investigation.
The first two accused – Farsin Majeed and RK Naveen – who were arrested on June 14 and so far in the custody of the investigating agency, were ordered to be released on bail by the court, provided that each of them would present a . A bond of Rs 50,000 with two sureties of equal amount.
Other conditions imposed on him were that he would appear before the IO as and when required, cooperate in the investigation, not intimidate witnesses and surrender if he had a passport.
The third accused – Sujit Narayanan – was granted anticipatory bail subject to the conditions imposed on the other two as the High Court was of the opinion that his custodial interrogation was not required.
The court further said that if the third accused is arrested by the police, he will be produced before the jurisdictional court and released on bail on a surety of Rs 50,000 along with two sureties of like amount.
The court, while relieving Majeed and Naveen, said that the report of the airport manager to the station house officer, Valiyathura police station, which is for the first time, only stated that they were informed that an alleged dispute had taken place. space in flight between three passengers”.
“A subsequent report by the airport manager on June 14, 2022 also revealed that after landing as soon as the seat belt sign was taken off, the said passengers immediately stood up from their seats and raised slogans in the local language towards the Chief Minister. And seeing this, one of the passengers traveling with the Chief Minister intervened,” the High Court said.
“In view of the nature of the allegations, I feel that there is no need for further custodial interrogation of the petitioners (Mujid and Naveen),” Justice Abraham said in his order allowing the bail pleas of the two accused.
Allowing Narayanan’s anticipatory bail plea, Justice Abraham referred to the report of the airport manager and observed that while the other two were arrested, no attempt was made to arrest the third accused and he was on board the plane like any other passenger. went away.
“So far as there is no case that the alleged incident was aimed at any personal enmity and was part of an agitation, there is no reason to believe that the petitioner (Narayanan) would repeat the alleged offence.
The judge said, “So far as the contention of the Director General of Prosecution is concerned that a larger conspiracy needs to be uncovered by taking the petitioner into custody, I do not agree to the view that the custodial interrogation of the petitioner for this purpose is concerned. Is required.”
He also said that none of the three had any weapons and that the motive behind the alleged incident was not personal enmity.
The prosecution had opposed the petitions of the three accused, alleging that when the CM’s flight from Kannur landed at Thiruvananthapuram on the evening of June 13, the trio defied the instructions of the crew, threatened Vijayan, ran towards him. and tried to kill him.
The prosecution also claimed that the three accused caused injury to the security officer of the CM and prevented him from discharging his duty.
Narayanan had claimed in his petition that when two Youth Congress workers, who also knew him, raised political slogans against the CM, LDF convener EP Jayarajan forcefully pushed them back and they fell on the floor of the aircraft.
He had also claimed that he had left the airport premises and met his relatives at the hospital and thereafter, he returned to Kannur by train on the same day and was not involved in any way in the alleged incident.
He said that he was falsely implicated in the case to prevent him from becoming a witness to the incident and speaking about the “brutal attack on two persons by EP Jayarajan which he had recorded in his mobile phone”. .
The other two accused, in their joint petition, had claimed that the allegations against them were false as they had raised slogans only as part of a peaceful protest urging the resignation of the Chief Minister.
He had also claimed that “by any stretch of the imagination, mere sloganeering cannot be portrayed as an attempt to kill the CM”.
Vijayan has been facing opposition from Congress and BJP workers ever since the prime accused in the gold smuggling through the diplomatic bag case, Swapna Suresh, alleged that he and his family members had a role in some smuggling activities.
The CM termed his allegations as baseless.
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